Kakamega County in partnership with the national government is going to construct a cancer centre to the tune of Sh1 billion.
Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, who recently launched a cancer clinic at the County Referral Hospital (CRH), said the centre would be a relief to cancer patients in the region.
The county head lamented that currently, the cancer patients have to go to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret or Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi for screening and treatment.
He however disclosed that the county has equipped and operationalized a chemotherapy unit at the County Referral Hospital to offer the service to the patients. The project, he said, is to kick-off before the end of this year.
“We are constructing a teaching and referral hospital at the cost of Sh6 billion out of which, Sh1 billion is earmarked for the County Referral Hospital to boost the provision of health services to the people as well as be used by medical students at Masinde Muliro University,” he said.
Oparanya stated that he intends to make Kakamega be one of the leading counties in the provision of high-quality medical services and added that in the past eight years, his administration has ensured that each of the 12 sub-counties has a level four hospital.
By Sammy Mwibanda