Despite strides made in the technological and medical research, cancer still poses a great challenge to many due to late diagnosis. Many countries in Africa lack the expatriate and the advanced technology required for proper diagnosis. This leaves slim chances of survival.
Wealthy individuals seek second opinion and further tests abroad while the poor content with their condition until it’s too late.
The recent reported deaths of prominent people in kenya should be a wake up call for the government to act swiftly to save the common Kenyan by increasing funding for training expatriates and acquiring modern equipments for public hospitals.
Here are some heroes who succumbed to cancer.
Former Cabinet minister died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer.
2. Wangari Maathai:
Nobel peace Laureate died in 2011 due to Ovarian cancer.
3. The Late Governor Nderitu Gachagua:
Died at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London undergoing treatment. He had pancreatic cancer
4. Francis Nyenze:
The kitui west MP died of colon cancer in 2017.
5. Waweru Mburu:
The former head Radio Citizen at Royal Media Services succumbed to gastric cancer in Kenya after seeking treatment in India.
6. Janet Kanini Ikua :
She was a former NTV presenter died 2 years ago after being diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2015 at a hospital in India
7. Migori Senator Ben Oluoch Okello:
The senator passed on in june 2018 due to throat cancer at Nairobi Hospital. He was a former Ramogi FM and KBC Radio Dj.
8. Dennis Omondi:
The journalist died of acute Leukemia at KNH after being readmitted after jetting back from India where he had gone for marrow transplant that failed.
9. Baringo South MP Grace Kipcholm:
The MP succumbed to colon cancer while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital.
10. Calestous Juma:
The Havard battled cancer for 2 years before succumbing to it at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.