Breast Cancer drug a step in the right direction
Category : Naya Blog
By Daniel Otieno, Nairobi
Friday, March 31, 2017, DAILY NATION
Breast cancer survivors will now be receiving their free dose of medicine at Kenyatta National Referral Hospital. This is thanks to the efforts of the government and advocates of resource allocation towards the treatment of cancer and other non-communicable diseases.
But as the government makes Herceptin, the breast cancer drug, available, it must also focus on sustainability of the program. It should encourage competition in the medical field by ensuring county governments have a greater role in training medical personnel.
Health workers’ role in the program cannot be underestimated. They must be motivated through refresher courses, incentives and an enabling environment that includes the availability of screening equipment.
The community, particularly the youth, must be sensitized and motivated to adopt health-seeking behaviors, including an early screening of cancer. The national school health policy, which, among other things, targets elimination of non-communicable diseases among learners, should be implemented.
Besides increased financial allocations, the state should also strengthen referral mechanisms to other public health facilities. Sensation should target everyone, including hoteliers, as young people who consume junk food and develop cardiac problems and obesity is their kin.