By Judith Gicobi
Mutahi Kagwe, the Health Cabinet Secretary, has reached an agreement with the United Kingdom government that will boost access to specialized treatment in the country.
Kenyan doctors will be trained in numerous specialized areas, with the major focus on cancer treatment, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health (MoH) dated Saturday, May 28.
The new agreement aims to increase access to screening, early diagnosis, and treatments such as radiotherapy and nuclear medicine. It will also be a primary goal to increase the number of cancer treatment specialists in the country.
As part of the partnership between Kenya and the United Kingdom, the first batch of cancer treatment professionals will travel to Christie Hospital and Manchester University in the United Kingdom.
The CS further stated that cancer is one of the most common causes of mortality in the country. “Cancer is the third leading cause of death in Kenya, after infectious and cardiovascular diseases, and it is estimated that there are nearly 48,000 new cancer cases reported each year.”
This new agreement comes just months after the Kenyan government launched an English Language Training program for Kenyan nurses looking for work in the United Kingdom.