On Thursday, 1 August 2019, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured citizens that the government will step up interventions aimed at tackling the increasing number of cancer-related deaths in the country.
Speaking as chair to the cabinet at State House Nairobi, Kenyatta said the government, working with partners, is putting in place measures, including policy interventions, that will help ease the burden of the cancer disease on Kenyans.
“We need to see what more we can do to assist both in prevention but also in treatment of the disease. And we need to do that as a government, together with the county governments,” President Kenyatta said.
“This is an issue that we need to take more seriously and galvanize all of us to come up with a solution both in preventive –which is most important – but also in helping fellow Kenyans to get treatment and get it early for those already affected by the disease,” he added.
The President, who led the cabinet in a moment of silence in honour of the late Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso and the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, both of whom succumbed to cancer recently, acknowledged that cancer is fast becoming a crisis that needs urgent action.
According to government figures, 30 000 Kenyans die annually due to various forms of cancer.