County establishes cancer centre

The services will be taken to the nine sub-counties.

Monday February 15 2016

Meru Governor Peter Munya's wife, Phoebe, chats with Dr William Murah during the launch of cancer centres in the county on February 13, 2016. The programme is spearheaded by Mrs Munya. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Meru Governor Peter Munya's wife, Phoebe, chats with Dr William Murah during the launch of cancer centres in the county on February 13, 2016. The programme is spearheaded by Mrs Munya. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DICKSON MWITI
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A cancer screening and awareness scheme has been launched in Meru.  

The services will be taken to the nine sub-counties.

The programme is spearheaded by Governor Peter Munya’s wife, Phoebe, in conjunction with the county health department. 

During the programme’s launch on Saturday, Mr Munya said his government was serious about screening, considering that many cases were being diagnosed when they were at an advanced stage.  

He said the plan would help people know their cancer status and seek treatment.

“Many people live with diseases and die without knowing what they were suffering from. Through this programme, every resident will have a chance to know his or her health status,” Governor Munya said.  

Those with mild cancer would get medication immediately while patients who need more attention would be referred to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital. 

Mrs Munya said cancer could easily be treated if detected early. 

She called on stakeholders and well-wishers to join hands with her office to help people know their status. 

She said statistics indicated that breast cancer was the most widespread in Meru County at 26 per cent.

Throat cancer stood at 25 per cent, cervical (13 per cent), prostrate (12 per cent), liver (11 per cent), stomach (seven per cent) and lymph nodes cancer at six per cent. 

Under the Cancer Voices scheme, the required number of doctors would be available at every camp for a full week to diagnose and treat or refer patients.

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