Co-op Bank boosts free cancer screening camp in Kakamega

Breast cancer screening. Photo/COURTESY
Breast cancer screening. Photo/COURTESY

A free cancer screening program has been set up in Kakamega county.

The Beth Mugo Cancer Foundation, Co-operative Bank and other partners will host the free cancer screening camp on September 27.

“We appeal to other corporate institutions and Kenyans of goodwill to join hands and create a movement around the importance of early screening and testing for the key health challenges such as cancer and diabetes that continue to ravage our families,” Co-operative Bank Group MD & CEO Dr. Gideon Muriuki said.

The camp that will be held at Lumakanda Primary School in Lugari Constituency is part of the bank’s Prevention of Cancer campaign, that will run over the next five years at a cost of Ksh. 10million.

The medical services offered include breast and cervical cancer screening for both men and women as well as awareness programs for prostate cancer.

Other services are cryotherapy for pre-cancerous lesions; HIV counseling and testing; screening for blood sugar levels, blood pressure and Body Mass Index (BMI);
NHIF membership registration and nutrition.

The event is the second to be held after the one in Kisumu in January this year where hundreds received free cancer screening services.

Dr. Muriuki said the bank will continue to support other causes such as the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative on child and maternal health, the School Fees Bursary Program that has supported over 6,900 gifted but needy students, and capacity-building for co-operative movement.

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