Baringo County Government has stepped up the fight against cancer by equipping health facilities with cancer testing kits.
According to Governor Stanley Kiptis, 64 health Centres had been kitted to test for the disease whose victims’ numbers have been rising very fast of late.
“The county referral hospital is now scanning breast cancer for free and the hospital is receiving patients all the way from Elgeyo Marakwet, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu counties,” said the Governor.
He further divulged that his government had partnered with Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where they had redeployed two nurses specialized in dialysis treatment to assist in teaching the hospital staff on the same.
The governor assured the residents of his administration’s commitment to put up theatres and dialysis Centres in different Sub Counties.
“We plan to come up with a dialysis Centre in Eldama Ravine, a mortuary and a theatre in Marigat town to ensure that we are able to reach and treat more people to reduce the cost of travelling to Nakuru and Eldoret ,” said Kiptis.
He made a passionate appeal to the national government to address the issue of revenue allocation in the county saying they were finding it difficult to implement development projects as a huge chunk of the allocations was going to remuneration of staff.
He further expressed his dissatisfaction over understaffing in the health Centres in the county as few nurses attended to patients noting that majority of the 237 dispensaries and health Centres had only two nurses and others one because of lack of money to hire more.
By Dennis Wangila and Christopher Kiprop