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Cervical cancer prevalence worries First Lady

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu (right) after commissioning a cervical cancer clinic at Urban Health Centre in Kapiri Mposhi. PICTURE: THOMAS NSAMA/STATE HOUSE

FIRST Lady Esther Lungu is alarmed that over 300 women tested positive to cervical cancer in Central Province during the last three screening clinics.
Commissioning the fourth cervical cancer clinic at Kapiri Mposhi District Hospital yesterday, Mrs Lungu said the increasing number of women affected by cervical cancer in the area is worrying.
The First Lady said there is need to quickly address the problem before more women could lose their lives.
She said out of the 10,000 women that have screened for cervical cancer in the three existing clinics from January 2015 to date, over 300 tested positive in Central Province alone.
Mrs Lungu, however, observed that cancer screening and early diagnosis was limited by the inadequate number of specialists in health centres and other challenges such as infrastructure, inadequate availability of cancer screening tools and limited laboratory capacity.
“The campaign must be taken to rural areas where the message has not reached well to ensure that they have access to cervical cancer screening services at the nearest screening clinics to safeguard their lives,” she said.
She said cervical cancer is preventable provided women go for screening and adhere to the instructions of healthcare providers.
Mrs Lungu thanked Government for its commitment towards expanding access to cervical cancer treatment and care services in all the provinces by 2021.
She also acknowledged the collaboration between the Ministry of Health and non-governmental organisations towards curbing the disease.
Central Province Minister Davies Chisopa said this partnership between the state and non-state parties was commendable because it would improve the livelihood and health of women in the country.
“This shows Government’s commitment to the people by bringing health services closer to the people,” Mr Chisopa said.

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