Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday performed ground-breaking of the country’s first comprehensive cancer diagnostic and treatment hospital to be ready in 2017.


The proposed 20 million U.S. dollar Tesla Cancer Hospital will be a specialized State-of-the-Art cancer hospital, the first of its kind in East and Central Africa.

“This ground-breaking ceremony of the 20 million dollar cancer facility is therefore a welcome addition to the growing number of public-private partnerships that are increasingly investing in cancer diagnostic and treatment facilities,” Margaret said.

She said the availability of such advanced technology in cancer care and treatment is also bound to reduce the number of Kenyans having to travel abroad to access cancer treatment services.

The landmark medical facility will incorporate diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients, surveillance and research.

The facility will also establish a foundation through which deserving but under-privileged cancer patients will be taken care of.

The construction means that the 10,000 Kenyans who seek cancer treatment in either India or South Africa at a cost of 100,000 dollars annually will be treated right in Kenya.

The proposed Tesla Cancer hospital plans to provide the most modern diagnostic facilities such as cyclotron, the first of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cyclotron is currently only available in Egypt, Morocco and South Africa.
She underscored the important role of the private sector in complementing government efforts in the fight against some of the non-communicable diseases including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular complications currently on the rise in the country.

Margaret said the rising burden of cancer is attributed to risk factors that are influenced by improved incomes, rapid urbanization and unhealthy lifestyles such as tobacco use, consumption of unhealthy diets, insufficient physical activity and excessive consumption of alcohol.

“Evidence shows that up to 60 percent of those who die from cancer are in the most productive years of their lives,” she said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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