Uproar as cancer patients go unattended at KNH
Kenyans have expressed anger over the breakdown of the only two radiotherapy machines at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
They heaped blame on political leaders, saying were it not for their corruption, there would be enough money to buy the cancer machines in every county.
Mr George M. Kenya wrote: “Do politicians read the sad stories? Without the billions lost through corruption, we should be able to have these machines in every district!”
Social media users also expressed disappointment.
Mr John Ouma Mugabe tweeted that the collapse of the equipment presented a crisis, while Mr Joseph Odanga said the government should have used the Sh38 billion for county health equipment to buy radiotherapy machines.
He tweeted: “Instead of launching a huge plan to buy unknown equipment, the President should have equipped the top hospital in the country first.”
Mr Omondi Okello commented: “It’s sad we have a government that uses billions on a railway, wastes billions condoning graft and bribing for support, yet people can’t get basic health, water and food.”
Mr Kimani Kamau said: “In the same country, a single person siphons Sh3 billion and uses a few millions of the same to throw at the dogs that were supposed to catch him. That cash could buy 10 of the vital machines!”
Ms Chelimo tweeted: “Every single day, a new depressing news is revealed!” while Mr Martin Kimwemwe likened the breakdown to a death sentence for cancer patients.
Willie, who lost a sister to cancer as a result of the waiting time at the KNH, said that watching his sister waste away was heart-rending.