Kenyans Inspired by Ken Okoth Mocking of Cancer
The Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth has been humorous to laden fight against the dreaded colorectal cancer thus giving the Kenyans the courage to face the persistent illness. Unlike other prominent Kenyans who have gone abroad to receive cancer treatment, Okoth stands out to be a Kenyan who has used every opportunity to mock cancer and that is something that has inspired most Kenyans. Despite most politicians being secretive about their fight of the disease Okoth went public about his diagnosis. He has made cancer a joke that people can take to social media and belittle the disease which is a positive step.
As Kenyans were mourning Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore who also died of blood cancer, photos of jovial but weak Ken Okoth emerged. In February this year, Okoth revealed his Cancer diagnosis saying the condition was discovered late and that it could not be cured but only managed. Courage and smile have never left him since he was diagnosed with cancer even after admitting how painful chemotherapy is. Kenyans with their numbers took to social media to pray and encourage the MP. His courage has moved Nairobi governor pledged to fly some of the MP’s constituents to France to go see him.
Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga, who was also diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2014, said the disease has become a major killer in the country because it is often diagnosed at an advanced stage. She urged that the Cancer Prevention and Control Bill should be amended to have cancer as a component under primary health care. In a raft of proposals she presented before the National Assembly Health Committee last week, Wanga urged the government to train more oncologists to deal with cancer.
By Stellah Wanyama