Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has offered to help a 20-year-old Tanzanian woman with a malignant tumour on her mouth.
Pendo Masonga has been suffering from the tumour for years and came to Kenya to seek financial help from well-wishers.
“Today, while moving through Nairobi, I met Ms Pendo Masonga, a 20-year-old Tanzanian national who has what appears to be a malignant growth on her mouth,” Ngilu tweeted on Thursday.
In the shared pictures, she is seen holding a small infant on her lap, sitting beside the road.
“On interacting with her further, I learnt that she has been living with this condition for a long time and had come to Kenya with the hope of meeting well-wishers to help her undergo a maxillofacial operation to correct the growth,” the politician revealed.
Ngilu offered to cater for Masonga’s hospital costs when she undergoes the surgery. The operation will be conducted in Kitui Referral Hospital.
“I have offered to pay for her expenses to undergo the operation which will be done in Kitui after other four successful similar surgeries at the Kitui Referral Hospital,” the governor said.
Masonga was picked in an ambulance and taken to Kitui Referral Hospital on Thursday.
In 2019, the Kitui Referral Hospital was elevated to a level 5 hospital. This enabled it to be eligible for an annual allocation of Sh300 million from the national government along other benefits.
This means the hospital met certain accreditation criteria such as sitting on a 10 acres, 300 bed capacity, more than 50 medical officers of various specializations, an operating theatre, specialist clinics and a radiology unit with x-ray machines.
Other necessities include specialized medical equipment like an MRI machine, a CT scan machine and a well-run pharmaceutical supply.