Concerned by the high number of cancer related deaths in the country, the Kenya Cancer Association (KENCANSA) continues to advocate for improved care, treatment and management of cancer in the country.
Based on the pillar of advocacy, KENCANSA joined efforts with other stakeholders during a Nakuru County stakeholders forum, in efforts to engage county governments and other organizations in the fight against cancer.
Moved by the devolution of health in the country, KENCANSA Executive Director Grace Injene urged the Nakuru County government and other county governments to take the leading steps in addressing the disease that kills more 29000 people every year in Kenya. Reiterating on KENCANSA’s commitment to fighting the disease, Ms. Injene said that all stakeholders were welcome to join the fight which cannot be won by just one person or entity but by joint efforts of various players.
Present at the function was Nakuru County First Lady H.E Elizabeth Kinyanjui who lauded the efforts of various organizations and promised that the county government would do all in its capacity to support the fight against cancer. While addressing the stakeholders present, Madam Kinyanjui also introduced an oncologist who would be visiting the county hospital on a weekly basis and added that this were just but the many steps the county government was taking.
Among other issues and concerns raised during the forum were; lack of an updated cancer registry, shortage of human resource in the county and poor dissemination of information which leads to late diagnosis of cancer. In addressing this, Kenya Cancer Association committed to working closely with the county government and consider hosting the signature event Relay for Life in Nakuru and other counties.
Relay for Life is KENCANSA’s signature fundraising event that brings together all stakeholders and interested people in the fight against cancer. As an event, it is held annually and globally. This year, the KENCANSA will hold the 5th edition of Relay at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on September 29th and 30th