President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised to open a chemotherapy center in Bomet, Embu and Machakos in September.
This will complement the centers already in operation in Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Garissa, Nyeri, Nakuru and Meru counties.
To intensify the battle against cancer, three radiotherapy centers will be opened in Garissa, Nakuru and Mombasa come September.
“We will add the amount of money the government sets aside for the treatment of cancer so that Kenyans can get treatment from Kenya,” President Kenyatta said.
The president added that facilities at Moi Teaching and Referral and Kenyatta National Hospitals will be upgraded so they can provide quality cancer treatment.
However, the battle against cancer will not be won if there are no enough oncologists.
“Twenty are studying as doctors, 28 studying as clinical officers, 31 as radiologists, when they finish we shall add them so that in all these centres will have our youths attending to our people,” President Kenyatta said.
The president emphasized on Kenyans taking preventative measures such as maintaining a good lifestyle.
“It’s important that we realize that cancer is about lifestyle. We have forgotten our traditional foods and we are instead taking processed foods. We need to start checking on these things,” Kenyatta advised the mourners at the late Laboso’s memorial in Bomet.