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KNH now refers cancer patients to Nairobi Hospital

Kenyatta National Hospital has referred its cancer patients to Nairobi Hospital for treatment, in the wake of a breakdown in the institution’s radiotherapy machines last week.

This development was confirmed through a press statement by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Health, James Macharia.

“Discussions are also on going with Aga Khan and MP Shah Hospitals for a similar engagement or subsidized treatment costs,” the statements read in part.

Macharia also clarified that other forms of cancer treatment including chemotherapy and surgery was readily available in all Level 4 and 5 hospitals countrywide.

Kenyatta National Hospital, which is the largest referral hospital in East Africa, has been on the spotlight in the past week, after two of its overworked radiotherapy machines broke down, a development that put to risk thousands of cancer patients in the country.

The facility charges Sh 500 per session to patients for use of the facility.

An estimated 100 patients visit Kenyatta hospital daily for radiotherapy, although the equipment has been designed to handle only ten patients per day.