Narok residents have been urged to ensure they are screened for cancer whenever they visit the hospital following increased cases of the deadly disease in the country.
Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Labour Patrick Ntutu and Narok County Women Representative Soipan Tuya said the recommended way of containing the disease is detecting it at an early stage.
The leaders spoke at Lolgorian area in Trans Mara South Sub County during the burial of Narok County Chief Officer in charge of Education Philip Tipaa who succumbed to cancer a week ago.
Also in attendance was Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and Emurrua Dikirr Member of Parliament Johanna Ngeno among several Members of Narok County Assembly.
Ntutu lamented that the disease was attacking people of all ages as many young people have been reported to have suffered
“You may not feel any pains in the body, but I advise you to still go for regular check-ups. This will keep you safe from the deadly disease,” he reiterated.
However, he encouraged people that the disease can be treated if discovered early enough hence urging them not to relent from regular testing.
“Cancer has no age limit as it was killing even young children. The man we are burying today was my age mate, yet he died of cancer. This means we should be alert to keep off the disease,” reiterated the CAS.
Ms. Tuya said the rapid spread of the disease in the country was causing panic hence the need for every individual to go for regular testing.
She said the National Assembly was currently debating the Universal Health Care bill in a bid to revamp National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) so that every person can afford the monthly payment.
“We want everybody to afford the monthly contributions for NHIF. Currently the minimum payment is Sh. 500 which we know not everyone can afford paying,” she said.
Governor Tunai on his part lauded the leaders for promoting a peaceful coexistence in the county by working together regardless of their political backgrounds.
“Some time ago, these leaders could not seat like they are doing today because of their political affiliation. I thank God that we can now speak in one voice to benefit the Narok residents,” said the Governor.
By Ann Salaton