Free Cancer Screening in Eldoret on the 24th and 25th of June 2016
Faraja Cancer Support Trust, Nakumatt Holdings and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), will carry out free breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening. The screening will be at the MTRH Memorial Grounds in Eldoret, on Friday 24th and Saturday 25thJune from 8am-5pm. This will be the third screening of the five screenings set to be conducted by Faraja Cancer Support Trust, supported by Nakumatt through their “Let’s Fight This Battle Together” campaign.
The screenings aim to create awareness about the importance of early detection in the treatment of cancer. The campaign aims to reach 5,000 Kenyans in 5 counties namely: Nakuru , Meru, Eldoret, Kisii and Mombasa.
Phillip Odiyo, Patient Support Manager from Faraja Cancer Trust commented “We strongly advocate for people to come for the screening. Some cancers never cause symptoms or become life-threatening, but if found by a screening test, the cancer may be treated. The exercise will also educate the public on healthier lifestyles and ways of recognizing and responding to possible warning signs.”
Recent data from Moi Teaching Referral Hospital and Kenya Medical Research institute indicates more than 40,000 new cancer cases are reported in Kenya every year and 28,000 die of the disease. The government has made strides in changing the bleak cancer situation by allocating Ksh 500million to buy more cancer equipment at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
Dr. Naftali Busakhala, Head of Hemato-oncology MTRH Commented, “We are proud of the government’s effort to help reduce mortality by cancer. With proper technical and human capacity put in place, the hospital will enhance the aspects of the cancer treatment to be done. Additionally, this will minimize the number of patients travelling all the way to Nairobi and elsewhere for treatment.””
Sonali Shah, Head of Marketing Nakumatt commented, “We are committed to increase cancer awareness and educate the public on healthy lifestyle factors. It is evident that there is gap in access to quality information about cancer and we hope the cancer screening campaigns is a step towards bridging the gap.”
During the cancer screening, individuals diagnosed with early stage cancer will qualify for further diagnosis and are likely to get support for treatment. This is made possible by the funds that were raised during the October 2015 “Let’s Fight This Battle Together Campaign.” Every October, Nakumatt shoppers who buy Blue Label Products and other participating brands, donate Kshs 1 or 2 towards the campaign.Shoppers can also donate cash or their smart points at the till. A total of Kshs 13million was raised in 2015. Funds will be used for screening, further diagnostic tests and treatment . In October 2014, Nakumatt raised 5 million for Faraja which facilitated two screenings in Kisumu and Kiambu. A total 2000 people were screened and suspicious cases given adequate care.
Faraja Cancer Support Trust has also announced the opening of its second branch at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital’s “Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Center.” This will allow more cancer patients to access Faraja’s free complementary therapies and medical assistance. The next screening will be in Kisii county in August 2016 (Dates to be announced) and Aga Khan, Mombasa on the Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October 2016.
For more information on free cancer screenings call 0727 529287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org