President Uhuru Kenyatta makes his State of the Nation address at National Assembly’s chamber, Parliament Buildings, Nairobi 26-03-2015. Photo:PSCU
Kenya’s lawmakers handed the country an Easter gift when they overwhelmingly approved a Sh141 million programme to fight cancer. In a rare show of empathy, the lawmakers sanctioned the National Government to sponsor 47 doctors — one per county — for specialised studies on how to treat the killer disease.
The doctors will be sent to advanced medical schools in Britain, India or in the US to study Oncology. The political dividends of the resolution saw MPs jostle to put their support on the record, and in the two-hour debate, at least 40 MPs managed to squeeze in their views, to push the National Government to train personnel to deal with the third-largest killer disease after malaria and pneumonia. Usually less than 30 MPs make contributions over a two-hour period.
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