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Aga Khan University Hospital to provide free radiotherapy treatment for KNH patients



<span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">The Aga Khan University Hospital will provide 400 radiotherapy treatment sessions free of charge to cancer patients from the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), to lessen the crisis following a breakdown of radiotherapy machines at the hospital.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">The Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, Dr Nicholas Muraguri pointed out that the sessions will be for patients whose treatment has been interrupted by the equipment breakdown at KNH.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">“Following the breakdown of the radiotherapy machines at the Kenyatta National Hospital last week, the Ministry of Health began negotiations with private hospitals to provide radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients whose treatment was interrupted by the breakdown,” he stated.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">In addition, the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) and KNH are working closely to identify any children on the waiting list, to provide them with timely care.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">This initiative builds on the already long-standing relationship between the University Hospital and KNH, where cancer patients from Kenyatta are provided highly-subsidised radiotherapy treatment at AKUH.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">“The offer to provide the free radiotherapy treatment has been made possible through funds from the University Hospital’s patient welfare programme, in part supported by generous contributions from well wishers, partners and corporate donors,” said Mr Shawn Bolouki, Chief Executive Officer, AKUH, Nairobi.</span><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><br style="font-size: 14.6667px;"/><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;"></span><span style="font-size: 14.6667px;">Mr Bolouki said that the University Hospital is committed to providing access to high quality health care services to the larger community. “As part of our social responsibility programme, last year the University Hospital conducted over 50 free cancer camps where more than 60,000 people benefited,” he added.

Since July 2011, the Heart and Cancer Centre at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi has provided the East African community with access to the highest quality cardiology and oncology services. The cancer care services are delivered to international best practice standards, and aim to lead the enhancement of oncology services throughout East Africa. The services offered include early detection and screening programmes, specialised diagnostics, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, as well as palliative and rehabilitation programmes.​
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