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Governor RangumaCancer patients will soon have access to affordable drugs following an initiative by governors to procure the medicines.
Governors Jack Ranguma, Isaac Ruto and Cyprian Awiti said they want cancer patients to have access to health services closer home. Currently, the patients travel long distances, hoping that the hospitals they are referred to offer better services.
“We have tried to push the Government to make the services free but it appears we will not succeed. We want to help our people who make several trips to Nairobi every month to seek treatment,” said Governor Ranguma who is also the Chairman of the Council of Governors, Health Committee.

Governor Ranguma, who recently expanded the Critical Cancer Care Unit at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, said the county bosses will purchase the drugs to avert deaths caused by the disease.
The County is in talks with Norvatis (a Swiss pharmaceutical company) to make drugs for non-communicable diseases affordable and available for residents. And they will only pay Sh 100 per treatment.
Governor Cyprian Awiti on the other hand said since HIV/Aids cases are high in Homa Bay, the regional government will buy drugs for cancer related to the infection — Kaposi’s sarcoma.

In Bomet, Governor Isaac Ruto said most cancer patients seeking treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital are mainly from counties. “I was touched by the number of cancer patients in my county and decided that I was going to bring affordable drugs. We already have drugs for prostate cancer and we are planning to buy others,” said Governor Ruto, who lost his daughter to blood cancer. He said his government will open a cancer centre and purchase drugs to curb more deaths.
“We are going to supply all the hospitals with affordable cancer drugs,” he added.

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