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This is something you can’t run away from. You can’t jump from yourself and leave the disease cling on a body bag. You grow with it and the haunt grows everyday until your cells lose hope and get enslaved by abnormal cells. Who wishes to be jailed by such a cell? But the leaders and other health related stakeholders don’t give a shit about such victims. What a shame…Right?

If you have a voice and the potential to speak out a positive thought. A positive thought that will merit a change in the sidelined society, then take that chance to shout it out loud. In the long run we will definitely win and the survivors will have an everlasting smile on their faces.

Over the weekend Fatuma’s Voice hosted Omondi Ochuka, a renown poet and a soldier. He’s a soldier because he has been battling liver cancer for the past five years. On Saturday evening he penned his experience in the presence of other poets and caring Kenyans. “Cancer is not for the rich. Everyone is vulnerable…We go through wars everyday, but that does not mean we should be war ourselves.” Omondi said.

Under the tag #WeWillWin, encouraging messages were published and positive solutions were proposed.

Cancer is currently the 3rd highest cause of morbidity in Kenya, after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases. Although, it’s hard to get accurate national data because most data is coming from Nairobi and other urbanized regions. And it’s estimated that 39,000 new cases of Cancer are reported each year in Kenya, yet the number of radiation centers in the country are all in Nairobi – KNH, MP Shah, Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan.

It’s traumatizing to see many people in the village suffering from something they don’t know. Even in most urban areas victims end up suffering in silence. This unfortunate tradition can change and the country needs to improve the health facilities in the country and come up with a policy that will see to it that cancer patients are taken care of.

Currently, we have the National Cancer Control Strategy (2011–2016), and most Kenyans are devoted to see the success of the policy. However, coordination is lacking among stakeholders, resulting in inefficient and overlapping expenditure of resources.

According to a journal on cancer policy, the country needs to consider the following actionable plans; establishment of a national representative population-based cancer registry; enhancement of training for community health workers, nurses, researchers, pathologists, and oncology specialists; a reconfiguration of referral process, including leveraging of existing resources to improve access to cancer care; and coordinate community outreach and education.

 

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