Kenyan doctors trained under the Medical Training and Fellowship Program pose for a photo with British Council of Kenya, East African Development Bank officials following the conclusion of the training at Ole Sereni Hotel on October 1 2018

Kenya has received a boost in the fight against c****r and neurological d******s with special training of 42 doctors from across the country amid concerns that the country’s oncologist to population ratio is higher than the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended 1:10,000.

The ratio of doctor to population in Kenya currently stands at 1:17,000, a report by East African Development (EADB) Bank says.

The 42 doctors from Homa Bay, Bomet, Isiolo, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Kwale, Meru, Murang’a, Nyamira, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Vihiga, Kirinyaga, Nakuru, Wajir, Tana River, Nairobi and Kakamega counties have in the past week been receiving special training in oncology from experts from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP London) at Ole Sereni Hotel in Nairobi.

During the medical training and fellowship programme, the Kenyan trainee doctors also received training on acute c****r presentation triage and management of c****r symptoms.

Speaking during the closing and certification ceremony, (EADB) Director General Vivienne Yeda lamented that prevalence of d******s and especially Non Communicable D******s (NCDs) in East Africa.

“NCDs such as cardiovascular d******s, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory d******s are now the leading cause of d***h in most regions in the world,” said Ms. Yeda.

According to The Kenyan Network of C****r Organisations (KNCO) 27,000 Kenyans d*e from c****r every year.

RCP projects that 50 Kenyans d*e on a daily basis from various forms of c****r with the d*****e being detected too late for effective treatment in 80-90% of these people.

Lack of treatment facilities and expertise for treatment, prevention and early detection are the main factors attributed to the d****s, according to RCP.

“We are pleased that the partnership with EADB and the Royal College of Physicians brings global expertise into the East African Region and will lead to a rich exchange of skills, expertise and experience. The programme will lead to better health for the people of East Africa,” said George Kogolla, Director Programmes and Partnerships at British Council.

Dr. Ruth Board from the Royal College of Physicians added, “We are proud that we have this opportunity to use our expertise to support our colleagues in the East African region. This programme is an excellent example of the Royal College of Physician’s aim to improve care for patients and to develop physicians throughout their career by increasing access to high quality postgraduate training.”

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