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The lack of facilities specialized to deal with cancer has led to patients flying in droves to foreign destinations to seek specialized treatment. Of these, India has hosted most of the Kenyans seeking cancer treatment.

In 2018, about 20,000 visa applications were received by the Indian High Commission from Kenyans seeking specialised cancer, health treatment, kidney transplants and surgeries in India. The numbers seem to be rising by the day.

This high number of visitors to India led to the Indian government working with the Kenyan government to set up a high-end facility at the Kenyatta National Hospital to be the premier facility for diagnostic, treatment and research on cancer.