Cancer treatment in Nakuru County got a boost following the setting up of a new oncology centre at Nakuru level five hospital.
This comes as a relief for cancer patients in Nakuru who have been travelling to Nairobi or Eldoret for treatment.
The centre is an initiative of the county government of Nakuru.
Nakuru Governor, Lee Kinyanjui who officially opened the centre today said that the centre will also serve patients from neighbouring counties of Baringo and Laikipia.
He added that there was a need to hire more workers at Nakuru level five hospital which is now a referral centre for the region.
He said his government will conduct staff recruitment in various cadres so as to meet the centre demands.
The centre admitted 17 patients on Thursday.
Governor Kinyanjui said that chemotherapy sessions will be the first to be conducted at the centre before other comprehensive services are launched.
He called on members of the public to go for cancer screening to enable them access treatment at early stages.
He said that his government will offer free NHIF registration and also make payments for the vulnerable to enable them to access cancer treatment services.
Dr. Gladwell Kiarie who will be in charge of the centre said that the establishment is a milestone in the provision of health services in Nakuru County.
He called on other counties to duplicate Nakuru County efforts to reduce the burden of cancer treatment.