Strategy against killer disease yet to achieve results

on Friday, 20 March 2015.

Strategy against killer disease yet to achieve results

Four years ago, a national cancer plan was drawn up to guide response to the disease. It was in response to the over 27,000 deaths it caused annually, coming third after infectious and cardiovascular illnesses.

The 38-page National Cancer Control Strategy 2011-2016 gave priority to prevention, control and management.

It was signed by the then Public Health and Sanitation and Medical Services ministers Beth Mugo and Anyang’ Nyong’o.

A year to the lapse of the strategy, we look at its main targets and what has been achieved.

Primary prevention targeted tobacco control, promotion of healthy diets, physical activity and protection against exposure to environmental carcinogens.
The aim was to reduce tobacco smoking by five per cent by 2016.

The strategy called for the implementation of laws on tobacco control and the provision of smoke-free environment in public places, with a Sh50,000 fine imposed on those who break the law.

To raise awareness on tobacco health risks, the tobacco control board wants packaging showing graphic pictures of the effects of smoking.

The law further restricts the sale of cigarettes to children under 18 years and the sale of single cigarettes. Each packet should have at least 10 sticks.

Tobacco kills about six million people each year, according to the World Health Organisation. Of these, about 12,000 are Kenyans. Tobacco smoking is the cause of cancers including lung, oesophageal, laryngeal, oral, bladder, kidney, stomach, cervical and colorectal types.


on Saturday, 21 March 2015.

Trans-Nzoia county finance minister Mr. Ken simiyu alongside 3 other county officials were today being issued with life membership certificates in a Trans-Nzoia branch Redcross Annual General Meeting held at Redcross offices here in Kitale town. In the meeting that started at 9 am and ended at 1Pm, Simiyu urged youths to join the Kenya Redcross adding that they can use their free time by offering voluntary services to the community than engaging in irrelevant practices. He also thanked Governor Patrick Khaemba who is also the Redcross patron in this region for fully supporting the organization.

Trans-Nzoia county branch manager Mrs. Velma Nyapera requested the county government to help Kenya Redcross Society with logistical issues during emergencies due to lack of automobiles in the branch. Minister Ken simiyu responded to this by promising to address the issue with the county transport manager in order to set aside a vehicle for the same


on Wednesday, 18 March 2015.


The county Government of Trans-Nzoia yesterday launched a new website and a bulk SMS plan in a ceremony led by the County Governor Patrick Simiyu Khaemba at the County premises in Kitale town. The main aim of the website and the sms platform as per the speeches is to bring in more investors from different regions world wide to this county and also to reduce the congestion of people currently being witnessed at the county offices since most of the officials are not always available to serve them.

During the ceremony Khaemba also condemned those spreading false politics and romours saying he will take them to court. He urged everyone to avoid criticizing what they do not know and instead focus more on developmental issues.


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