Cancer cases on the increase in Nakuru

By: GEORGE MURAGE

Cases of cancer are increasing in Nakuru county. Naivasha subcounty medical officer Dr Oren Ombiro said breast, cervical, oesophageal, stomach, prostate, head and neck cancers are the most prevalent.

He did not give statistics but education was being stepped up during cancer awareness month.

Speaking in his office on Thursday, he said the rise in reported cases may be due to increased public awareness. Ombiro said following education campaigns, more people have been screened.

“We have started a major awareness campaign for patients to be screened against cancer,” Ombiro said.

He said 148 cancer patients had gone through the Naivasha Palliative Care Clinic since it opened in 2012.

Ombiro said the clinic offers screening before patients are referred to the Kenyatta National Hospital or the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret.

“As we celebrate cancer awareness month, we have planned four community outreach programmes to enhance awareness,” he said.

Meanwhile, Naivasha has now been declared cholera-free after efforts by public health officers and others to contain the recent outbreak.

Some 38 cases were reported in two months.

Ombiro said no cases have been reported in three weeks.

He said, however, it’s not yet time to celebrate.

Ombiro said a response team is still on the ground to monitor the situation.

“We are still on high alert,” Ombiro said.

He said the spread of cholera was stopped through hygiene education and disinfection of all shallow wells in Kihoto estate.

The health officer said of the 38 cases treated, 26 came from the sprawling Kihoto estate that relies on the shallow wells.

“We have being treating water in this estate using chlorine for the last month but the exercise is not sustainable and its very expensive,” he said.