REPUBLIC OF KENYA

CS Health lauds NSE Kenya for bringing investors together to support cancer cause

Nairobi December 6, 2019 – The Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki today attended the Nairobi Securities Exchange Charity Trading Day aimed at raising funds in support of charitable causes in the country.

This year’s event was focused on health with special emphasis on supporting cancer prevention and related initiatives and programs.

The CS commended the Nairobi Securities Exchange for mobilising stakeholders in the corporate world to raise funds for worthy causes within the society arguing that cancer is among the other non-communicable diseases that are of great public health concern in the country.

“Your choice of the health sector as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s event demonstrates your commitment towards developing sustainable capital markets that create long term value for all in the society,’ she noted.

She disclosed that the Ministry is committed to working and collaborating with all stakeholders to strengthen cancer prevention and control, towards the attainment of the country’s constitutional aspirations of the highest possible standards of health for all Kenyans.

 

The CS said the government is investing in cancer treatment and Human Resources for Health and to date has established 10 new chemotherapy centers, 3 new radiotherapy centers and screening facilities.

 

“As a ministry we are committed to provide the requisite stewardship in responding to the growing cancer burden within the overall government Big 4 Agenda of attaining Universal Health Coverage as envisioned in our elaborate policy framework through the draft Kenya Cancer Policy 2019-2030 and the National Cancer Control Strategy 2017-20122.,” she noted.

She added that the Ministry has strengthened the National Cancer Institute of Kenya to deliver on its mandate as the central coordinating body for cancer prevention and control and to maintain accurate figures of the disease burden in Kenya.

“I am therefore delighted to note that the partnership between Nairobi Securities Exchange and NCI Kenya that we are launching today will lead to the establishment of an electronic cancer registration and information system able to provide accurate figures on disease distribution as well as evidence-based information to patients, health workers and the general public on cancer prevention and management,’’ she said.

In Kenya today, it is estimated that 47,887 new cases of cancer are detected and 32,987 people die annually. It is further approximated that there are 3,200 new cancer cases among children below 18 years.

The Charity Trading Day has raised over Kshs. 30 Million which has made a significant difference towards wildlife conservation and other humanitarian causes.

 

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