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Construction of Sh1 Billion Cancer Center: The Standard



Lorna Kimeto, a physician at the Mediheal Group of Hospital, visits a patient during a free medical camp organized by the hospital . [Duncan Ocholla, Standard]

Uasin Gishu County will soon boast of a Sh1 billion cancer center being built by the Mediheal Group of Hospital.

Construction has already begun and, according to Joe Kiroua, general manager of business development at Mediheal, the facility will be ready in 18 months.
Speaking in Kakamega yesterday during a free medical camp, Mr Kirva said the center would offer comprehensive management of various cancers under one roof.

Traveling Abroad

'Kenyans will no longer travel to the United Kingdom or India to receive specialized cancer treatment. We will treat them here in Kenya, "said Kiroua.
He revealed that Mediheal has partnered with Varian Medical Systems, a US-based hospital that develops medical devices to help treat cancer locally.
Kiruv also said that national and county governments have offered to help see the hospital is completed on time.
He said Mediheal is currently undergoing a liver transplant, making it the second hospital in the country after Kenya National Hospital, which is undergoing surgery.
According to Kiruva, liver transplantation is an operation that is performed to remove a diseased or damaged liver and replace it with a healthy one from a donor.
Currently, patients spend at least Sh9 million on overseas liver transplants.
"We have already performed 52 liver transplants since April this year and all patients are in stable condition," Kiroua said.
"One person can donate a liver to two patients who need a transplant. When you donate a liver, it recovers to normal size in a process called regeneration after two years, "Kiroua said.
In Africa, only Egypt and South Africa have the capacity to handle liver transplants.

A Pneumonia Problem

Lorna Kimeto, a doctor at the establishment who was the team leader during the medical camp, said that of the four medical camps that operated in the Western Region, pneumonia was one of the most common infections .
Ms Kimeto said the disease was especially prevalent among young children.
Arthritis, infertility, asthma and breast complications have also been identified as other leading medical problems.
"We call on the governments of cities in the Western Region to invest seriously in combating these diseases. They kill many people. They are manageable conditions that can be treated and many lives saved, "Kimeto said.

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