Governor Malombe Announces Opening of Kitui Cancer Centre and Advocates for Routine Screening to Save Lives


In a heartfelt announcement made during the funeral of Agnes Kamene Kilonzo, the mother of Nason Kang’alya Kilonzo, Chief Officer at the department of Youth, Sports, ICT & Innovation, Governor Julius Malombe shared promising news for the residents of Kitui County.

The governor revealed that the Kitui Cancer Centre, a collaborative effort between the County Government and the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), is set to open its doors to the public on the 30th of November 2023.

The Cancer Centre, domiciled at Kitui County Referral Hospital, marks a significant step forward in the fight against cancer in the region. The facility will play a pivotal role in the screening and early detection of this dreadful disease, offering hope and support to those affected.

For years, Kitui County residents have been compelled to travel to Nairobi for cancer screening and diagnosis, incurring both financial and emotional burdens. With the establishment of the Kitui Cancer Centre, the residents will have access to vital screening and diagnostic services closer to home.

During his announcement, Governor Malombe emphasized the importance of routine cancer screening, urging the community to take advantage of the Cancer Centre’s proximity. He stressed that early detection is a critical factor in the successful treatment of cancer, and he passionately encouraged the residents not to delay in seeking screening services.

His words of wisdom were clear: “Let us not shy away, this disease is here with us. Ensure you go for screening, don’t say that cancer is not curable. It is curable but only when detected early.”

The establishment of the Kitui Cancer Centre is undoubtedly a significant milestone for Kitui County and a testament to the dedication of Governor Malombe and his administration in providing accessible healthcare services.

In addition to the Cancer Centre, the Governor also revealed that a Dialysis Centre is in progress and will soon be completed, further enhancing the healthcare facilities available to the residents.During his speech, Governor Malombe also took the opportunity to applaud the commendable work done by Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers in the region.

He expressed his commitment to improving their welfare by exploring options for them to join Savings and Credit Cooperative Organizations (SACCOs), ensuring their financial well-being.Furthermore, the governor announced that his administration had taken steps to provide job security to over 2000 ECDE teachers by employing them on permanent and pensionable terms.

This move aims to boost the teachers’ morale and confidence as they continue to play a vital role in shaping the future of Kitui County’s youth.In closing, Governor Malombe offered his heartfelt condolences to the family of Agnes Kamene Kilonzo, the ECDE teacher who fought bravely against cancer but, sadly, succumbed to the disease.

The governor’s message of hope, coupled with the unveiling of the Kitui Cancer Centre and the ongoing efforts to improve healthcare facilities and support ECDE teachers, reflects his commitment to the well-being and development of Kitui County and its residents.

The Kitui Cancer Centre stands as a beacon of hope, promising earlier detection and treatment of cancer, ultimately saving lives and improving the quality of healthcare in the region.

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