President Uhuru Kenyatta today inaugurated a state-of-the-art regional cancer center at the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital in Mombasa.
The state-of-the-art facility, developed in partnership between the National Government and Mombasa District Government as part of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pillar of the Big 4 agenda, boasts high-tech equipment to provide comprehensive cancer care .
The centre, which will serve cancer patients in the region and beyond, will be the second public facility of its kind in Kenya after the University of Kenyatta Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital.
Following the launch of the cancer center, President Kenyatta commended the partnership between the national and county governments in providing health services to Kenyans.
Using the cancer center as an example, the President emphasized that without cooperation between the two levels of government, no significant development could be achieved.
“This hospital is now able to provide services because we sat down with the governor who, as the state government, offered us the land to build the infrastructure and install modern equipment.
“We are doing all of this to ensure Wananchi have unhindered access to quality healthcare services. We are doing these things not just in Mombasa but across the country,” said President Kenyatta.
The head of state reiterated his call for all Kenyans to register with the National Health Insurance Fund in order to facilitate their access to treatment.
President Kenyatta added that he is committed to ensuring continuity in leadership so that Kenyans can continue to enjoy the services his government is putting in place, including UHC and improved infrastructure.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe said the launch of the specialized cancer center is part of realizing the President’s UHC vision of ensuring Kenyans have access to excellent standards of health care at an affordable cost.
“Thank you because it’s very easy to take things for granted, it’s easy to assume that any other leadership would have brought similar developments. But without good leadership there would be no development,” said CS Kagwe.
CS Kagwe pointed out that a similar cancer facility will open in Nakuru next month, followed by Garissa, Kisumu and Nyeri counties.
Hailing the cooperation between the national and county governments, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said he had long harbored the vision of setting up a cancer center but was only able to make it a reality when President Kenyatta’s leadership began working closely with the opposition .
“Whoever criticizes our cooperation with you (President Kenyatta) does not have the interests of the Kenyans in mind. Many of the developments that we have achieved in my second term are the result of our collaboration with the national government,” Governor Joho said.
The governor added that for the first time in Mombasa’s history, a large number of patients from private hospitals sought treatment at the public hospital.
“Your Excellency, I would like to confirm that we are overwhelmed by the referrals that are reaching us from private hospitals. Excellency, I would also like to confirm that we are overwhelmed by the type of support we are receiving from private sector professionals, consultants and physicians who wish to practice here,” the Governor said.
President Kenyatta commended the county government leadership for prioritizing people’s health and promoting medical tourism, saying it will help expand the county’s income base.
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