EFFORTS leveled at detecting and treating cervical cancer in Nyamira County have received boost after the donation of a ksh. 1million equipment from the Safaricom Foundation.
The donated Equipment, Loop Electro-surgical Excision Procedure Machine (LEEPM) will go along way in solving cancer related anomalies.
Nyamira County Health Executive Gladys A. Momanyi, County Health Chief Officer Dr. Jack Magara and the County Referral Medical superintendent Dr.Chrisbine Nanjala received the equipment donated under the corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arrangement by the tele mobile Foundation.
“The Foundation had done the people of Nyamira proud for the donation is timely and that it will ease the cost of treatment met by constituents at this critical time of Covid-19,” said Ms Momanyi.
"Our clients can now come for early screening. All types of Cancers will be screened so that those found sick will have themselves treated using this sophisticated machine,” noted the CECM adding that the equipment has been installed at the County's Referral Centre and will form part of the County government’s urgent strategies geared towards eliminating cervical cancer in Nyamira County.
Dr.Magara urged locals to prioritize their health status and have regular screening.
"We have enough professional Doctors who will help our clients get tested and guided on the way forward on matters treatment. Our people should not stay at home and report to hospital when they are at stage three or four of cancer,” said the Chief Officer adding that screening is purely free.
“We should all take advantage of this equipment and have ourselves tested for cancer,” said Dr.Magara adding that Nyamira County Health staff is committed to providing quality, preventive, and curative services at all times.
"With the increased screening and anticipated identification of cases in early stages, we look forward to performing the leep procedures on our patients in the near future,” noted Dr.Magara adding that globally, there are approximately 500,000 new cases of cervical cancer and in this, 274,000 deaths occur of which are attributed to cervical cancer yearly.
Developing Countries continue doing badly in incidences and preferences with approximately 80 per cent of all the cervical cancer deaths occurring in the developing world. From the available statics, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality amongst Kenyan women.
It is estimated that there are 2,454 new cases annually with over 1,600 deaths.
At the current rate, It is projected that the incidence would rise to over 4,000 with almost 3000 deaths by 2025 unless accelerated screening and treatment of precancerous lesions is undertaken..
According to the Kenyan demographic health survey of 2014, it showed that awareness of cancer of the cervix in the counties that form the former Nyanza province is at 84.5 per cent being higher than the national average which stands at76 per cent. However only 13.1 per cent of the surveyed eligible women had had cervical cancer screening.
According to the Safaricom Foundation Customer care officer Ms. Lydia Kerubo, the move to donate the equipment was informed by the need to empower and assist the community.
"Our Foundation is centered on empowering our people from the community level. We have done it severally on matters education, health and economic empowerment. Do a nice proposal and tell us how you are intending to economically uplift the lives of the locals using your idea. We will definitely fund that proposed dream to actualization,” said Ms. Kerubo, the Project Champion.
“This is a noble gesture. I feel a sense of fulfillment to our communities. We are here to fully support you. Our Safaricom Foundation motto of Cooperate Social Responsibility endeavors to fully actualize our people's dreams and to make them come true for all of us,” said Mr. Edward Wasuna, the Safaricom Foundation Representative and the Area Sales Manager.