By Luo Girl
A private health facility within Migori county has brought an a ray of hope to cancer patients after successfully conducting a chemotherapy procedure.
Sori Lake Side Hospital, found in the far flung remote part of Migori county made the medical breakthrough, thus becoming the first cancer center to serve both Migori and Homa bay counties.
This follows a partnership between the facility and the International Cancer Institute (ICU), to make the cancer treatment available to rural folk.
According to Mr. Samson Boyo, general manager at the international cancer institute, the partnership is geared towards provision of quality oncology services at affordable prices to reduce risks associated with cancer.
Boyo said that the organization is currently in talks with the Kenya Medical supplies agency to see into it that cancer drugs are available at an affordable price.
He added that they are working closely with county governments to establish cancer clinics at the referral hospitals.
Sori lakeside Hospital administrator John Okeyo said that the increasing cases of suspected cancer cases and high cost of treatment propelled them to find a solution to the locals.
He added that in a week, close to 10 diagnostic results are pointing towards cancer related illnesses but due to poverty and ignorance, some fail to make it to referral facilities forcing the hospital to do a follow up.
Close to 12 cancer patients have been attended to since the clinic opened its doors two days ago with the number expected to increase as it’s the only cancer clinic in the greater south Nyanza serving both Kisii, Homa Bay and Migori counties.
The facility is equipped with machines to do the diagnosis, staging and treatment of cancer, thus outshining the Migori county referral hospital which is allocated MILLIONS of money every financial year.