First Lady urges Malawi women to go for cervical cancer screening drive

Malawi’s First Lady Dr Gertrude Mutharika has implored on women in the country to go for early cervical cancer screening as one way of mitigating the impact of the disease which is affecting many women in the country.

First Lady being welcome on arrival for the prayers

First Lady drums up support for cervical cancer screening drive

Kamuzu Barracks women during the prayers

The First Lady made the call on Friday morning in Lilongwe when she was part of the opening ceremony for the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Women Annual General Conference prayers which were held at the Kamuzu Barracks CCAP Church.

Dr Mutharika said it is important for women to go for early screening for cervical cancer for them to get proper advice from the hospital and follow the best health lifestyles in the event that they are affected with the condition.

“As they say a stitch in time serves nine, I am urging you my fellow women to go for early screening so you can know whether you are safe from the condition or not. By delaying the process you are contributing in making the condition worse,” she said.

Turning to the annual prayers, the First Lady asked the women to remain strong and have enduring faith no matter the challenges that life may throw along their way as God’s love is always binding.

“Let us learn to appreciate God’s love and place our trust in his abilities. If we stay within the pillars of our faith and belief in God then nothing can bring us down,” she said.

She said it was important for the women from the MDF to have strong belief in whatever they do so that they act as a source of strength and support for their spouses as they undertake the service of protecting this nation.

“You need to assume your rightful role in your families, that of being the pillar and backbone of your households. Often times your spouses’ go on missions which are somehow dangerous both within and outside our borders, this requires you to have strong convictions in your spiritual and personal lives,” she said.

She also reiterated the call for the women to stand up for each other whenever situations arise that call for one to be assisted by her friends in whatever way.

“There is so much that we can achieve as women if we operate as a single and solidified unit. We should not pull each other down but encourage each other. Somebody’s success should not be a source of envy to the other,” said the First Lady.

In her remarks, Linda Kamponda who is wife to the Resident Pastor for Kamuzu Barracks CCAP said the annual prayers are held as one way of entrenching love and spiritual oneness among women from the MDF.

“This opportunity offers us a platform to come together and seek God’s guidance and protection in a special way as members of one family mainly for the work that our spouses are involved in. They need our support in different levels and spiritually this is one way of reaching out to God for them,” said Kamponda.

The Women’s Annual General Conference has entered into its third year having been first held at Moyale Barracks in Mzuzu in the first year followed by Cobbe Barracks in Zomba last year.

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