A joint statement released in Nairobi after a meeting between the ministry of health and parliamentary committee on health said the centers will be located in Western, Central, Coastal and Southwestern part of the country to help avail treatment closer to the people.
“We are also expanding the Cancer Treatment Centre at the Moi Teaching and Referral hospital as well as Kenyatta National Hospital in the next 18 months,” the statement said.
The country has been experiencing an increase of breast and prostate cancer cases, with many deaths daily attributed to the disease.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, cancer is the third highest cause of death in the country, and the number continue to rise.
The health ministry also plans to increase access to social health insurance by registering 117,500 poor people and 189,370 elderly people living with severe disabilities in the next 100 days.
The exercise, to be conducted by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF), will see 500 people registered per every 47 counties.
The government also intends to improve access to health services in the slums, reduce malaria morbidity and mortality, by distributing six million mosquito nets in malaria prone regions, and 11 million doses of antimalarial drugs. It will also train 6,000 health workers on malaria case management. Enditem