The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) held Cancer awareness campaign at Kenya Navy Base Mtongwe to commemorate the World Cancer Awareness Day on 4 February 2020.
Under the theme “I am and I will” the awareness campaign aimed at raising cancer awareness and encourage its prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
The Commander Kenya Navy Major General Levi Franklin Mghalu said that KDF is at the forefront in the fight against the cancer menace by ensuring personnel and their dependants have access to the required healthcare services as envisioned in the President’s Big 4 Agenda under Health.
Director of Medical Services (DMS) Major General (Dr) George Ng’ang’a indicated that 52 medical practitioners within the KDF fraternity were trained for one day in readiness for the exercise in partnership with Roche and Lancet Health Care providers.
Kenya Navy Senior Medical Officer Colonel (Dr) Ngundo Muithya noted this as the first cancer screening exercise by KDF in the Coastal region adding its importance in timely diagnosis for increased chances of cancer survival.
The exercise involved breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, cervical cancer, diabetes and hypertension screening with survivors championing messages of hope, self-acceptance, volunteering for early detection and commitment in fighting the epidemic.