Cancer has become a serious menace in the country at the moment and many people have lost lives and some have had to spend a lot of their hard earned resources to get medication within the country and outside the country which for the less fortunate fail to get medication at all.
While addressing mourners during the burial ceremony of the late Ronald Wafula Chilande who died due to Leukemia (blood cancer) at Nabingenge village in Tongaren constituency, nominated Bungoma County Assembly MCA Jerusa Aleu encouraged mourners and Kenyans at large to visit hospitals for cancer screening which would help in starting medication if detected before it reaching a worst stage.
She criticized Bungoma County government for failing to take up matters health with great concern as far as cancer screening is concerned and appealed to the Executive through the Ministry of Health to allocate money and make sure that all Sub County hospitals are equipped with enough and modern facilities that will help the community in taking cancer screening so that the society does not lose its residents due to lack of cancer screening equipment.
“We would have not lost this great teacher if he went for early cancer screening because if it is detected on time, it can be managed, have witnessed many who have survived cancer due to early screening and we urge the County government in collaboration with the national government to have all healthy facilities equipped with modern equipment which can detect all types of cancer related diseases,” said Jerusa Aleu.
She added that cancer affects all gender and non is exceptional and therefore screening should be done to all people regardless of age or gender insisting that some have always believed that cancer is meant for women.
Her sentiments were echoed by Bungoma County government, Soysambu -Mitua ward village administrator Mr. Evans Sasakah though said the County government is on the move of establishing better health facilities immediately is done with registering of the aged from poor families with NHIF cards so that they get affordable medication and cancer screening too.
He, however, added that most of Sub County hospitals have cancer screening machines and appealed to Bungoma residents to find time and go for cancer screening.
The family led by the widow Mrs. Dotty Mabonga eulogized the late as being a loving husband who steered education not only at home but at school too, he never stopped talking about it in any meeting he attended and that changed Nabingenge village and made parents to start prioritizing education as she said he will be missed by his family and promised to continue with his legacy.
Teachers from Kwena primary school where he was teaching and headed as the deputy said he was a hardworking teacher whose subjects led all throughout the time he was in the school and he always set the pace for academic standards in the school and said they will lack his services greatly.
Naitiri Catholic church Parish Father Martin Arab who led the mass appealed to voters to elect good leaders who will change their lives in the next five years by making sure that health facilities are given priority as far as health is concerned and asked them to maintain peace and harmony during and after elections in the forthcoming General Election on 9th August 2022.