Cancer fund launched in honour of Joyce Laboso

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An organisation dedicated to training cancer specialists in the country will be unveiled in honour of former Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso during the first anniversary of her death Wednesday.

Dr Joyce Laboso Global Cancer Education Fund has been established in collaboration with the Ethics and Integrity Institute, according to Dr Laboso’s widower, Edwin Abonyo.

“The mission is to solidify Kenya’s capacity on cancer treatment and management by sponsoring medical professionals who wish to specialise in oncology or cancer related areas in medical schools around the world,” Mr Abonyo told the Nation on Tuesday, ahead of her memorial to be observed in Fort Ternan.

Dr Laboso succumbed to cancer on July 29 last year.

Due to the scarcity oncologists in Kenya, and with over 30,000 cancer patients, each specialist in the country has to be in charge of more than 4,000 patients compared to 150 each in developed countries.

Dr Laboso succumbed to cancer at Nairobi hospital on July, 29, 2019 where she had been admitted for 15 days after being flown back from a hospital in India.

She was accorded a state burial on August 3 last year at her home in Fort Ternan.