The First Lady Dr. Mary Lonyang'apuo officially launched a two-day free cancer screening exercise at Kapenguria Referral Hospital. The exercise which is in partnership with Yang'at (CBO), AMPATH - Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital branch, Kapenguria Hospital and West Pokot County Government, will see a clinic set up for two days to enable success of the free cancer screening exercise.
At the launch of the two-day exercise which saw hundreds march from Makutano to Kapenguria, The First Lady applauded the partners for the noble idea, saying that early detection of cancer is vital in saving lives.
"I am very grateful to our partners and sponsors for coming up with this exercise. Cancer is a killer disease and our people need to aware of it. We have realized that most of our people get diagnosed at late stages. Let us encourage people to go for regular check-ups. Cancer can be treated when discovered early." She said.
Healthy living, she maintained, plays a huge role in reducing risks to cancer and hence the need to make healthy life choices.
“We should eat healthy foods and reduce consumption of red meat. Smoking and alcohol are also major contributors of cancer. Let’s watch what we eat,” said Dr. Lonyangapuo.
The Chief Officer, Health- Miss Ednah Krop encouraged more people to get screened during the two-day exercise. Expressing her gratitude, the chief officer said that cancer is a national concern, and there is need for all stakeholders to come together in order to come up with effective awareness and prevention measures.
According to Kenya Network of Cancer Organisations, the number of people diagnosed with cancer has doubled in the last five years. In 2012, there were 20,000 reported cases, but the number has risen to 40,000 annually.
This, points to a need to have frequent free cancer screening exercises. This way, early detection will be possible and lives will not be lost.
Present during the launch were The County Assembly Speaker Hon. Catherine Mukenyang' among other officials from Yang’at, AMPATH and County Officials.