Kenyan health sector wins as KUTRRH commissions Integrated Molecular Imaging Center

KENYA – Kenyan health sector has received a major boost in cancer treatment as Kenyatta Teaching, Referral and Research (KUTRRH) launched an Integrated Molecular Imaging Center (IMIC) and the IMIC Hospitality Center on a momentous occasion spearheaded by H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta.

The IMIC will be ultra-modern and the first-ever in Kenya. The regional center will be a comprehensive cancer center and the first publicly owned facility in the country and region.

The IMIC was built in collaboration with General Electric East Africa LTD. The IMIC will comprise state-of-the-art equipment, including the very much sought-after PET CT Scan.

At its full operational capacity, the IMIC will enable the Hospital to offer a fully comprehensive cancer care continuum.

This capacity will entail prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and palliative care.

The facility also features a Hospitality Centre that will host up to 100 patients and their family members during their stay at the Hospital.

The IMIC’s impact will be felt far and wide. The IMIC and the Hospitality Centre at KUTRRH can turn Kenya into an East African medical tourism hub attracting patients from West and Central Africa.

Patients are now being diagnosed with stage 3 and 4 cancers due to insufficient diagnostic capacity for early detection.

With the opening of the IMIC Hospitality Center, patients from Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa will be able to receive quality medical care without having to worry about finding a place to stay.

The center will also set up the first public cyclotron plant to manufacture consumables used in the pet scan machine. At the moment, the consumables are only available in South and Northern Africa.

President Uhuru Kenyatta stated at the launch that the hospitality and accommodation center will ensure that families stay close to their loved ones while also providing accommodation for outpatients, eliminating the need for long back and forth journeys to seek treatment!

The launch could not have come at a better time than now, considering that October is a Breast Cancer Awareness month marked by nations across the globe.

According to the 2018 GLOBOCAN report, 24.2 percent (i.e., 1 in every 4) of all new cancer cases diagnosed in women are breast cancer cases.

With Kenya being one of the countries with a high breast cancer mortality rate, the Hospital has embarked on a mission to alleviate the problem.

One of the most significant impediments to making significant progress in combating this disease in Kenya is late-stage diagnosis.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which kicks off the Hospital’s journey to raise awareness of cancer’s early signs and symptoms.

The IMIC launch will bolster the Hospital’s capacity to provide prompt diagnostic services such as biopsy, imaging, and pathology.

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