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New oncology clinic established in Nakuru

A consultant Clinical and Radiation Oncologist Dr Siwillis Mithe has announced that the fully equipped cancer clinic at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital will start screening and treating patients from the first week of March.

Speaking Monday at the Assumption Centre during the free cervical cancer screening and awareness week, Dr. Mithe said the oncologist clinic would be a great reprieve for patients who have been travelling to the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) for treatment.

However, she said all patients would first be screened before any procedure was administered on them irrespective of how long they might have been on treatment from other hospitals, in order, to capture accurate information in their new files.

Dr Mithe added that just like other oncologist clinics in the country, the patients would be required to be booked first and given an appointment before walking to the clinic to avoid long queues and unnecessary congestion.

Patients from as far as Kuresoi sub-county have been travelling to the KNH hospital for radiotherapy and in most cases, when they arrive they are met with long queues and sometimes they are informed that the machine has broken down.

And, others travel to as far as India for treatment at exorbitant costs and families are forced to sell land or other properties to cater for the treatment.

The Nakuru Level Five hospital has progressed as another important referral centre for various procedures such as dialysis after the Safaricom Foundation donated a machine worth Sh3.6 million three years ago.

By Veronica Bosibori

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