The Star (Nairobi)

11 August 2012

Kenya: Tessie Mudavadi Offers Transport to Hospice Patients

Nairobi Hospice patients will enjoy free transport to and from the facility for one year courtesy of the Mudavadi Memorial Foundation Trust Fund and Citi Hopper bus services. The patients have been given mega rider ticket booklets by the bus company. The MMFTF managing trustee and wife to UDF presidential aspirant Musalia Mudavadi, Tessie, donated food to Nairobi Hospice and the patients.

Nairobi Hospice is a registered charitable non-profit making organisation that cares for patients with terminal diseases. Services are provided at the hospice on out-patient, in-patient and at the patients' home within a 20km radius. Speaking when presenting the mega rider tickets to the patients, Tessie said breast cancer patients need care and love.

She said the Mudavadi Memorial Foundation introduced the transport scheme for the patients to help them get to the hospital with ease. "No patient in need of specialized treatment should be denied access to this treatment due to the cost of transportation. Patients are already catering for their medical expense which is beyond their reach. We want to chip in so that we reduce the burden of expenses and cost of transport," said Tessie.

Tessie who was received by Nairobi Hospices Chief Executive Officer Dr. Brigid Sirengo and accompanied by Anne Waita, CEO Nairobi Radiotherapy Centre noted that the hardest hit cancer and terminal illnesses were actually the less well-to-do who continued to suffer without society intervention.

"Those without income or with smaller incomes, especially women die without even knowing they had cancer because they cannot access diagnosis, and if they do, they cannot afford the cost of treatment", she said. The Mudavadi Memorial Foundation Trust Fund offers assistance to the needy and improvement of Education, Health, Culture and Economic Development.

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