Laikipia Woman Representative Cate Waruguru has said that though what African first ladies are doing is commendable, cancer patients need more.
African first ladies are currently in Niamey, Nigeria advocating for more resources which will be used to fight cancer in the continent.
“I totally agree with that. A positive move. Very welcome indeed. But Wanjiku needs more than that,” Waruguru said on her Facebook page.
The Laikipia Woman Rep added that cancer patients in Kenya “need free check up, free medical care, free therapies. A cancer patient loses friends, family, and properties to hefty expenses incurred.”
Waruguru has been on the front line when it comes to seeking better healthcare for cancer patients in Kenya.
In February this year, she tabled a bill before parliament which proposed that cancer patients receive free medical care.
In the draft bill, the legislator suggests that a cancer fund be created using the taxpayers’ money, grants and donations. Beneficiaries of the fund will be nominated by their current financial status, well-being and the available fund.
The bill also seeks zero taxes on cancer drugs in order to alleviate the cancer burden on patients.