A comprehensive cancer center has been opened in the fast-growing agricultural and trade town of Eldoret in Kenya.
The Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre is owned by Equra Health Kenya, an affiliate of Equra Health, a South African company that offers administrative, operational and strategic management services in cancer care through its highly skilled and experienced human capital in oncology.
Eldoret was selected as the facility’s site due to its extensive regional population in line with the company’s philosophy of taking comprehensive oncology services closer to where people live and work. In South Africa, Equra Health also invests in centers outside major metros.
The facility will serve a broader population of 20 million people across Western Kenya, Uganda and parts of Rwanda which previously had to fly or travel more than five hours by road to Nairobi for treatment.
The town also already has a strong medical referral infrastructure and oncology experts such as Dr. Jesse Opakas, now the main treating Clinical and Radiation Oncologist at the new Centre.
The Centre which can treat up to 60 patients daily recently became the first facility in Western Kenya with a linear accelerator when it was equipped with a modern dual photon energy linear accelerator from Varian Medical Systems.
It first opened its doors for oncology consultations, chemotherapy services and 24-hour-in hospital care in August 2016 and began offering radiotherapy, a first in Western Kenya in April 2017. The facility has been offering full services since June 2017.
The Centre has a 120-leaf multileaf collimator and a high-resolution electronic portal imager and is capable of treating patients with a wide range of electrons, 3D conformal external beam radiation and Intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) as well as a new and modern after-loader that offers high-dose brachytherapy.
“We have implemented additional surge protection and powerful UPS systems to ensure reliable power and stable levels of service,” Erhardt Korf, CEO of Equra Health Kenya Limited noted Equra Health’s significant investment ly in infrastructure to deliver stable power supplies to the facility.
“The opening of the new center represents a new dawn of quality cancer care in this region and we are looking forward to serving the community in Kenya and surrounds with our quality service and excellent patient care. We believe that positive clinical outcomes matter most, and that value in healthcare is always a function of both the outcomes achieved and the cost paid for the services,” Dr.Opakas said.
The Eldoret Comprehensive Cancer Centre was officially launched with a tour of the facility.