To mark this year’s Cancer Week at the J.M Kariuki Memorial County Referral Hospital, Her Excellency the First Lady (Amb.) Ann Kimemia has urged residents to come out in large numbers and get free early cancer screening in County Government health facilities across Nyandarua.
Through Beyond Zero Mobile clinics, the First Lady continues to spearhead screening camps for various types of cancer in some of the County’s remotest zones.
So far, hundreds of people – including those living with disabilities – have benefited from the exercise.
Accompanied by Muthoni Mate from the National Cancer Institute of Kenya, the First Lady gifted members of the Nyandarua County Cancer Support Group with high nutrition diet foods, while survivors of breast cancer received breast pads.
The grateful survivors asked residents to shun stigmatizing cancer patients.
Earlier in the day, the First Lady made a stop at North Kinangop Catholic Hospital in Kinangop Sub-County, where she joined nurses for a training on cervical cancer.
Speaking at the session, she challenged the nurses to educate more residents on the scourge.
And following a directive from His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, the First Lady revealed that the County Government has freely subscribed over 14,000 residents under the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), among them registered cancer patients.
She was accompanied by County Executive Committee Members Hon. Anne-Mary Gathigia (Youths, Sports, Gender and Social Services) and Hon. (Dr.) John Mungai (Health Services), alongside Chief Officer for Youth, Sports, Gender and Social Services Mr. Isaac Waithaka.