President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday launched a new cancer treatment centre at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
The new centre will increase the number of cancer patients treated at the hospital on a daily basis from 120 to 190.
Waiting time for patients will also be reduced from three months to one month.
The President launched newly installed cancer treatment machines including a Bhabhatron II cancer therapy machine and a digital radiotherapy simulator.
He also launched is a state of the art Linear Accelerator cancer treatment machine worth Sh300 million.
“The equipment we have launched today (Thursday) further reaffirms the government’s commitment in the fight against cancer,” said the President.
The President also thanked the government of India, which donated some of the equipment.
The Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Suchitra Durai said donation of the equipment was part of agreements reached when the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kenya last year.
President Kenyatta said the government will continue funding the expansion of hospitals to improve handling of cancer cases.
“My government will expand cancer treatment services by upgrading KNH and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, and establishing six new cancer treatment centres in strategic locations across the country.
“This will improve access to treatment and enhance patient health outcomes,” he said when he addressed KNH staff.
The President also urged nurses in county hospitals to go back to work.
He said public servants should know that they work for the public and should not disrupt services that benefit citizens.