Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo, making her remarks during the launch of the Cancer Awareness Campaign held at Kahawa Garrison.
The Cabinet Secretary for Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, today launched the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Cancer Awareness Campaign 2019, at Kahawa Garrison, Nairobi.
The theme of the campaign, ‘I am and I will’ calls for collective and individual responsibility to reduce the global burden of cancer.
In her speech, the CS said the primary goal of the campaign was to reduce illness and deaths caused by the scourge. The month-long campaign is meant to reduce misinformation, raise awareness, reduce stigma, show support and give courage to those affected.
The CS pointed out that Kenya Defence Forces was not spared from the scourge, adding there was need for each and every one to take personal responsibility in the prevention of the disease. The CS said the Ministry of Defence was committed to equip and train its personnel to deal with challenges such as cancer and infectious diseases. During the occasion the CS flagged off 129 Medics who had completed a workshop on cancer prevention, treatment and management.
KDF has established a fully-fledged Compensation and Welfare Branch at the Defence Headquarters and Welfare Centres at Services, Brigades, Formations and Units.
Speaking during the occasion the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lt Gen Robert Kibochi challenged those who had undergone the training to cascade the knowledge imparted to them to benefit other KDF personnel and their families. He thanked partners for their support saying cancer cannot be fought by KDF alone but it called for partnership with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders. Lt Gen Kibochi said the Defence Headquarters will provide strategic leadership and continue to evaluate and monitor various initiatives to ensure success in its medical plans.
Other speakers during the event included the Director of Medical Services, Major General (Dr) George Nga’nga, Professor Muthoni Musibi, both of whom stated that cancer was the second killer in Kenya after infectious diseases, adding that cervical, breast and prostate cancer were common in the country.
Present during the occasion were Defence Principal Secretary Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, GOC Eastern Command Maj Gen Joseph Kivunzi, Director Policy and Strategy, Mrs Alice Kiarie and Senior Chief Finance Officer, Mr Charles Muhia and senior military officers, among others.
Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi addresses the gathering during the launch.
Defence Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo looks on as a KDF soldier goes through screening during the cancer awareness launch.
Major (Dr) Angela Githua takes Defence Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, Principal Secretary Dr Ibrahim Mohamed and Vice Chief of the Defence Forces Lt Gen Robert Kibochi through steps in cancer screening during the cancer awareness campaign.
Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo interacts with school children during the campaign.
Vice Chief of Defence Forces Lieutenant General Robert Kibochi takes part in the cancer awareness programme.