State urged to finance more medical research
Increased cases of cancer and other lifestyle diseases are becoming a national burden, Mount Kenya University chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu said yesterday.
He said treating and managing these illnesses is expensive.
Gicharu spoke during a free cancer screening medical camp sponsored by MKU at the institution in Thika.
He said medical research should be emphasised to help fight diseases, including hypertension, diabetes and cancers such as cervical, prostate and breast.
State urged to finance more medical research“Research in health sciences in our country and East Africa at large is at very low levels. This is a concern that should be seriously addressed by all stakeholders to find solutions to many diseases we are grappling with,” Gicharu said.
He urged other higher learning institutions to undertake intensive medical research. The MKU chairman urged the state through the Ministry of Health to support medical research.
He said MKU has injected Sh10 million to facilitate a medical research project by the institution’s College of Health Sciences and their counterparts from Makerere University in Uganda.
Gicharu said as part of MKU’s community outreach programme, the institution will spend Sh20 million to facilitate the four-day medical camp. The camp will benefit more than 5,000 residents.
The medical camp is a collaborative initiative between MKU’s College of Health Sciences, Nanavati Hospital from India, Zambezi Hospital and the Kiambu government.
He said screening of non-communicable diseases, cancer, nutrition assessment and health education on lifestyle diseases, as well as counselling services will be conducted at the camp. “I’m happy we have made available a vital opportunity that will allow many Kenyans at the community level obtain both preventive and curative medical services at no cost,” Gicharu said.