13 September 2012

East Africa: EAC Permanent Secretary Nalo Dies of Cancer

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community, David Nalo, is dead.

Nalo who was the third senior government official to go public about ailment from cancer died at the Nairobi Hospital on Wednesday night.

He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer in February this year and had been undergoing treatment since then, including chemotherapy.

He passed away after being admitted to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for about a week.

"On 8th February, treatment started after counselling and necessary consultations concluded between the family and the doctors. The result of the tests revealed that I had "Hodgkin Lymphoma," an early stage of cancer," he stated in a blog available on our website www.capitalfm.co.ke/news.

In the blog, he also revealed how he discovered that he had cancer.

"On 8th February, treatment started after counselling and necessary consultations concluded between the family and the doctors" - Nalo

"What warranted the doctor friend to recommend that I need to visit a doctor, was informed by the oral observation that (a) the swelling across my stomach was abnormal; (b) the level of dehydration (c) pale eyes; and (d) the general body malaise," he had stated.

"These were purely drawn from oral observation and a few interrogations. Observations further showed general lack of appetite, in the lower parts of the lungs, stomach and swollen lymph nodes along both sides of the neck. These were of major concerns to the friend doctor."

Nalo previously served as PS in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and prior to that in the same capacity in the Ministry of Planning and National Development.

He held a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Concordia University in Canada.

He leaves behind a widow and five children.

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