Did you know that in Kenya about 50 persons die daily from various forms of cancers and approximately 90,000 cases of cancer are diagnosed each year?
As part of the annual October cancer month activities, The Nairobi Hospital held a series of Cancer Awareness Walks in Nairobi County (15th October 2011), Kisumu County (22nd October 2011) and Nyeri County (29th October 2011). The theme of the walk was “Taking Strides Against Cancer” with the key objective of creating awareness on the importance of early detection as the best way to combat cancer.
The series of Cancer Awareness Walks kicked off in Nairobi County on 15th October 2011 flagged off by Dr Evans Kidero, CEO Mumias Sugar Co. Nairobi residents some as young as 8 years, turned out in their hundreds, braving the chilly morning at Uhuru Park from as early as 7:00am for the 10 Km walk to Westlands and return via Parklands, Globe Roundabout, Fire Station, and CBD to Uhuru Park at about 11am. The mood was carnival with the famous AP Band leading the walkers whose numbers kept on swelling literally by the kilometer as on-lookers joined in. Back at Uhuru Park, all registered walkers received Certificates of Participation as public education and information continued with Cancer Talks at the various tents set up. The young ones had great fun on jumping castles and further entertained by clowns and music.
The scenario was replicated on 22th October when HE Dr Ida B Odinga flagged off the Kisumu County Cancer Awareness Walk from the Jomo Kenyatta Grounds. It was a sight to behold as boda boda cyclists joined the public in solidarity to participate in the 7.8Km walk about. Ohangla music rang the air as local artistes entertained the public as Hospital staff were busy offering free breast cancer screening tests and educating the public in the tents set up at the Jomo Kenyatta Grounds.
Next in line was the Nyeri County Cancer Awareness Walk on 29th October 2011, where all roads lead to the Dedan Kimathi Grounds – start / finish venue of the 7 Km walk about. Entertainment galore, Certificates of Participation, Cancer Talks and more, was available for all the walkers!
The series of walks was concluded with the Mombasa County Cancer Awareness Walk on 5th November 2011, started and finished at the Mama Ngina Drive with the unique backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Everybody’s looked forward to the 5 Km walkabout spiced with Taarab music and warm Coastal hospitality!
The Nairobi hospital would like to thank all those who come out to walk in large numbers as in the quest to demystify cancer and promote early detection!