Mombasa residents turned up in large numbers to
participate in this year’s Breast Cancer Walk 2018
organized by Aga Khan Hospital and Machele Foundation.
The walk begun at the Aga Khan Hospital through the
Central Business District and was flagged off by Mombasa
County Executive in charge of Tourism Fawz Rashid on
behalf of Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala.
In his speech, Balala said the campaign against breast
cancer is in line with the National Government’s “Big 4
Action Plan” of Universal Healthcare.
He disclosed that currently 54 women have been focusing
on creating awareness and support breast cancer
survivors emotionally and financially as early detection
provides the best chance of cure.
He applauded the Aga Khan hospital for starting a
support group in 2001 called the Breast Cancer Awareness
Support Group (BCASG).
“Later BCASG bore the Breast Cancer Survivors of Coast (BRECASCO)
- a community-based organization,” he pointed out.
The CS called on the coastal tourism stakeholders to
partner with the Mombasa County government to ensure the
requisite public health for both the local population
Balala announced that a free breast cancer camp will be
held on October 26 at the hospital while in Ukunda and
Kwale counties it will be on October 27.
The free breast camp will be in Kilifi county on
He said he is glad to note that NHIF is now covering
chemotherapy and encouraged more women to register with
the NHIF, so that they may enjoy a more comprehensive
“I am well-informed that the hospital has rolled out its
free camps to other counties, starting with Taita Taveta
at Voi Town at the end of this month,” he pointed out.
Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki, Mvita MP Abdulswamad
Nassir and County Secretary Francis Thoya were also
Speaking alongside the awareness walk at Patel Samaj,
patron of Machele Foundation Mohamed Soud Machele said
his foundation will support the campaign on cancer
He urged members of the public to undergo early test of
the cancers to know their status early enough for
treatment if they happen to have it.
“The foundation has been on the forefront in the
awareness campaign to assist cancer survivors,” he
The Machele Foundation patron has applauded the county
government move of ensuring cancer survivors are covered
through the NHIF.
The Aga Khan Hospital Head of Outreach Dr Sultana
Sherman said it’s indeed a very exciting moment for
BCASG adding they have worked tirelessly for over a
decade creating awareness on breast cancer.
She said apart from creating awareness on breast cancer
they have been raising funds and treating over 120 needy
breast cancer patients.
“As we walk today into the streets of Mombasa raising
awareness on breast cancer and announcing the dates of
the free breast camp at Aga khan Hospital Mombasa the
key message is early detection is the cure,” she pointed