The late Janet Kanini won the Tom Arocho Award for Commitment to Excellence in Coverage of Lung Health Issues at the 4th International Scientific Lung Health Conference.
The international Scientific Lung Health Conference is held to draw attention to established and emerging lung health issues. This conference brings together medical practitioners, public health specialists, scientists, scholars, community activists, other health professionals and all stakeholders with a common agenda of promoting lung health.
Janet who succumbed to lung cancer early this year was a TV presenter with a local TV Station before illness took a toll on her. During her battle with Cancer, Janet started advocating for better cancer care and even opened a cancer Foundation.
Kanini For Africa foundation mainly focuses on disseminating information to the people on cancer, its treatment and effects of such treatments and how to tackle them. Janet’s husband George Ikua received the award on her behalf.
He took to his social media to announce the news of his wifes win to is followers saying, “Today I was honored to receive on behalf of Janet the Tom Arocho Award for Commitment to Excellence in Coverage of Lung Health Issues at the 4th International Scientific Lung Health Conference. There are 250 types of Cancer and if you were to listen to our leaders narrative you would think there is only Prostrate and Breast…if you were to test for lung or pancreas cancer where would you go or start?Sadly they would only find it at Stage IV Where have a serious Diagnosis issue in our country and this conversation must begin …lest you find out too late.”
This is not the first time that Mr Ikua has lost a close person to Cancer as he had lost his father-in-law in 2008 two weeks into his marriage. He also lost his wife in April this year.