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Aga Khan Hospital launches chemotherapy facility in Mombasa

Wednesday May 28 2014

A doctor demonstrates how a chemotherapy machine is used. The Aga Khan Hospital has launched a new chemotherapy facility in Mombasa County. PHOTO/FILE

A doctor demonstrates how a chemotherapy machine is used. The Aga Khan Hospital has launched a new chemotherapy facility in Mombasa County. PHOTO/FILE 

WACHIRA MWANGI
By WACHIRA MWANGI
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The Aga Khan Hospital has launched a new chemotherapy facility in Mombasa.

Residents will now easily access chemotherapy services in the fight against cancer in the region.

Speaking during the official opening of a new Day Care Chemotherapy Centre at the Aga Khan Hospital in Mombasa, Mombasa County Governor Hassan Ali Joho welcomed the facility saying it would go a long way in providing the much needed access and proper treatment for cancer in the county.

“This centre is a much needed addition to the Mombasa health care sector. It is a significant achievement considering the shortage of cancer care facilities in the county,” Governor Joho said.

AFFORDABLE PACKAGE

The centre will offer an affordable chemotherapy package at Sh15,000 for premedication and fluids, consultancy, review, discharge, medication and nutritionist consultation and counselling sessions.

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The centre also has a seamless referral system in place to ensure that patients get radiotherapy treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi if necessary.

The governor said building infrastructure capacity was important if only it integrated the needs of the community. The governor acknowledged that there was a grave challenge as far as capacity for cancer care and treatment was concerned.

RESIDENT ONCOLOGIST

He expressed the hope of having a resident oncologist and a radiotherapy centre.

“In the next fiscal year, the county government expects to have a Sh1.2 billion allocation for the Health Department.

Sh10 million has been set aside for the training of medical staff, oncologists being the key beneficiaries. Having resident oncologist for our county is a must,” He emphasised.

The governor expressed confidence in the public-private partnership in delivering quality and affordable health care for the residents.

Mr Joho lauded the Aga Khan Institution for the efforts made in restoring the health of the residents saying there was need for strengthening other health facilities through partnership with the county government.