Cancer organisations have raised the alarm over the lack of treatment centres in counties, yet the disease is increasingly moving away from urban centres.
Hospitals in Nairobi have invested heavily in cancer machines, but other regions have been largely ignored.
David Makumi, chairman of Kenya Network of Cancer Organisations (Kenco), says the government announced about 10 years ago that it intended to set up radiotherapy treatment centres outside Nairobi in four counties but none exists, so far.
Kenyatta National Hospital is the only government health facility with the equipment and top private hospitals — even those with satellite clinics outside Nairobi — have built radiotherapy centres within the city.
Dr Joseph Kibachio, head of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) department at the Health ministry says although KNH is still the only public health facility with radiotherapy machines, plans are at an advanced stage to install a machine at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. Read the full article