There is an urgent need to upgrade and equip public health facilities to handle terminal diseases, Petroleum Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. John Mosonik has said.
While speaking yesterday in Korgor, Sotik Sub County, Dr. Mosonik said Cancer prevalence in Bomet County was very high but regrettably, local public health facilities were insufficiently equipped to handle the crisis.
“Since public facilities are seemingly overwhelmed, patients ailing from various terminal diseases including cancer, diabetes, rheumatic heart disease among others, turn to private hospitals which are widely viewed to provide better healthcare,” he stressed.
Dr Mosonik however, regretted that the private health institutions remained out of reach for many owing to their exorbitant cost for healthcare services.
He said apart from investing in modern equipment, the Government should also fast-track training and hiring of more doctors and other medical personnel to cope with the ever increasing number of patients.
While lauding the bill seeking to have all adults enrolled in National Health Insurance NHIF, Dr. Mosonik called on Kenyans to be proactive in taking charge of their health by adopting preventive practices and healthy lifestyles.
By Kipngeno Korir