Society / Health & Science
Monday, 26 Sep 2016 19:31 EAT
Kenyatta National Hospital is set to build a hostel for cancer out-patients next year due to the increase of cancer patients who flock the hospital daily. The hostel is expected to be a three-storey building with more than 62 beds and will cost the institution Sh150 million.
According to Esther Munyoro, head of the Pain and Palliative Care Unit, majority of patients who visit the hospital for radio and chemotherapy and have never been to Nairobi before opt to sleep on the corridors which seem safer than the streets of Nairobi.
The patients prefer to sleep on the corridors due to the long queues and first come first served KNH policy. In a report released by the Ministry of Health, about 40,000 cases of cases are reported each year with at least 27,000 succumbing to the disease.
The CS for Health Cleopa Mailu during the Health Summit held at State House two weeks ago said it is better for patients to spend the night on the corridors than leaving untreated. "KNH is congested but I would rather have cancer patients sleep in corridors awaiting treatment," said Mailu.
The proposed facility will be built through funding from the American Cancer Society.
The writer is the news editor of the Kenya Free Press