Kenya: Igembe South Has High Cancer Cases in Meru

By David Muchui and Dickson Mwiti

Twenty-one men from Kiegoi village in Igembe South have been referred to Meru Referral Hospital for prostate cancer examination in the ongoing cancer screening and awareness program.

In the last two weeks, more than 40 people have been referred for further check-up after being screened for various cancers in the area.

Meru County Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic coordinator Daniel Kimaita said the 21 men will undergo tests for further treatment.

Meru Governor Peter Munya’s wife, Mrs Phoebe Munya, who is also spearheading the programme said the initiative is seeking to establish the extent of the disease prevalence in the county.

“Hospital data indicate that throat cancer is prevalent in Kiegoi. Residents are advised to avoid excessive consumption of alcohol which is one of the causes, “she said.

Mr Munya said health statistics have indicated that Igembe South sub-county is leading in cancer followed by Imenti Central and Imenti South Sub counties.

“The grassroots cancer screening initiative has been advised by Kenyatta National Hospital statistics that up to 20 per cent of cancer patients are from Meru County. Increased awareness will help prevent the spread of the disease, “he said.

The governor wants every resident in the county to go for cancer screening in the ongoing free initiative.

“In other hospitals one will be required to pay a lot of money for the same screening,” Mr Munya said.

The Governor noted with concern that men were shying off from being screened whereas prostate cancer was curable if detected early.

Source: All Africa