A five-man team raising funds for cervical cancer treatment in Migori County was Sunday flagged off from Bomet.
They will be covering 100km during the walk dubbed “Step by Step Campaign”.
The walk, supported by the Nation Media Group, Swift Made Solution and Smile Woman, is expected to raise Sh50 million to treat 50 cancer patients in Migori County.
The men were first flagged off from Migori by the county governor’s wife Hellen Obado.
So far they have covered more than 145km since they started the trip.
During their stopover in Kisii, they met the governor’s wife Elizabeth Ongwae.
In Bomet, they were received by Governor Isaac Ruto on Saturday night at a Bomet hotel.
He promised to give the team, now headed for Narok, Sh500,000 to aid their cause.
The team’s doctor, Nelly Bosire, decried the high mortality rate witnessed in rural areas due to cervical cancer.
“Many women in the rural areas are dying of cervical cancer whereas the disease is treatable if screened and diagnosed early,” Dr Bosire said.
Treating the disease in the rural areas, she said, was hamstrung by lack of resources to make quality health care accessible to all.
“There is need for the government to formulate and implement proper cancer treatment policies. There is no reason why these helpless women are dying of cancer yet it is a manageable condition,” she said.
Dr Bosire said her organisation intended to hold the event annually and spread it across all counties.
“We decided to begin the event in Nyanza since the region has the highest prevalence of HIV and Aids which stands at 16 per cent against the national figure of 6.9 per cent,” she said.
Screening of cervical cancer cases, targeting more than 20,000 women, will take place between July 18 and 29 this year.
“We expect at least 2,000 women to be screened per day,” she said.
For Donations: M-Pesa paybill number: 572880. Account name: Step by Step
Source: The Nation