Kenya loses 90 people to cancer daily and 32,900 deaths every year which is 10 times more than the total deaths caused by road accidents. Cancer ranks third on the list of killers after Pneumonia and Malaria as per 2018 report.
Bernard Okello Okombo a 61year old man, who hails from Rangwe sub-county in Homabay County but currently residing at Daraja Mbili in Kisii county, is a survivor of Chronic Malignant Foot Ulcer which is a type of cancer that causes weakness of upper and lower limbs with incoordination of movement.
He was diagnosed 10 years ago at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, where he worked as a manager of Milimani Resort in Kisumu. The resort management catered for his initial medical bills but later terminated him in 2002 because he could not perform his roles effectively.
He has since been treated at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga hospital, Homabay County referral hospital, Christamarianne hospital in Kisii County and has been referred to Tenwek Hospital in Bomet for an operation.
The disease has significantly impaired his memory causing him to have memory lapses
Bernard is currently unemployed and depends on well-wishers for survival one of whom offered him a place to stay in Daraja Mbili.
He is a father of nine and his wife is also suffering from breast cancer but he didn't disclose much about his wife. Due to his financial instability, his family lives with relatives.
He needs Sh 350,000 for his operation at Tenwek hospital which with other expenses amounts to around Sh 1 million.
He is appealing to relatives, friends, and well-wishers to offer a helping hand to enable him undergo the operation. His Mpesa number is: 0707323065 for any contributions.