President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta have unveiled East Africa’s first public Integrated Molecular Imaging Centre (IMIC) at the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital (KUTTRH).
The ultra-modern facility was developed as part of the Kenyatta University and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to offer comprehensive cancer care.
The Hospital will offer a fully comprehensive continuum of cancer care. 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 Centre will have state of the art 2 PET/CT Scanners, SPECT/CT Scanner, 2 MRI 3Tesla units, CT 256 slice unit, 2 LINAC machines, a cyclotron, radio-pharmacy, brachytherapy equipment and a cyberknife.
The KUTRRH IMIC will support other cancer centres that invest in PET/CTs through the provision of consumables, general support, and personnel training.
According to Globocan data 2018, cancer ranks third as a cause of death after infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases in Kenya. There were about 47,887 new cancer cases and 32,987 cancer deaths in the country in 2018.
Most patients in developing countries, including Kenya, are diagnosed with stage 3 and 4 cancers due to insufficient early detection capacity. On the other hand, in developed countries, cancer is diagnosed early and, therefore, survival rates are high.
The Globocan 2018 report shows that only three (3) out of every Ten (10) Kenyans diagnosed with cancer survive the disease compared to Eight (8) out of every Ten (10) in developed countries of Europe and America. This is possible because of early detection, quality and appropriate management of detected cancers.
The Hospitality Centre can host up to 100 patients and their families during their stay at the Hospital.