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Cancer & COVID-19

Recently, on 12th March 2022, Kenya marked exactly two years since the first case of COVID 19 was confirmed in the country. We applaud the G overnment for the measures that were taken immediately after and since then to contain the spread and management of the disease in the
country. This has paid off and the COVID 19 positivity rate has drastically gone down.

Sadly, this success cannot be shared in cancer control. COVID 19 gravely disrupted the health system; health workforce and infrastructure, supply chain, service provision, and patient access to cancer care across the continuum of care were dramatically affected. Civil society in cancer control and oncology professionals urge the Government to urgently take up critical steps to mitigate the adverse effects COVID 19 has had on cancer control. Losing one cancer patient every fifteen minutes is a very significant statistic affecting families and cascading the burden to the nation.

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