CANCER TREATMENT SERVICES IN KENYA DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Kenya is currently grappling with a double challenge of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and Cancer, which is the third leading cause of death in Kenya, with a Kenyan dying every 15 minutes. The Latest data across the world, shows that cancer is among one of the more serious comorbidities that increase risks with respect to COVID-19; due to a weakened immune system. The rapid and global spread of the virus is forcing governments including Kenya, to take unprecedented measures such as travel bans, closure of borders, restricted contact between individuals, curfews and lockdowns as well as reduce access to hospitals to avoid straining health systems. Therefore, cancer patients who contract the coronavirus, experiencing potentially more severe symptoms, may not receive the treatment for COVID-19 that they need.

CANCER TREATMENT SERVICES IN KENYA DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Kenya is currently grappling with a double challenge of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and Cancer, which is the third leading cause of death in Kenya, with a Kenyan dying every 15 minutes. The Latest data across the world, shows that cancer is among one of the more serious comorbidities that increase risks with respect to COVID-19; due to a weakened immune system. The rapid and global spread of the virus is forcing governments including Kenya, to take unprecedented measures such as travel bans, closure of borders, restricted contact between individuals, curfews and lockdowns as well as reduce access to hospitals to avoid straining health systems. Therefore, cancer patients who contract the coronavirus, experiencing potentially more severe symptoms, may not receive the treatment for COVID-19 that they need.

https://kenconetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/KENCO-Position-Paper-on-Cancer-and-Covid-19-30th-March-2020.pdf

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