Rumphi women lead in cervical cancer screening

The Rumphi District Health Office (DHO) has lauded women in Rumphi district for their huge turn up each time the health office conducts cervical cancer screening in its rural health centres.

Mphompha women waiting to be screened for cervical cancer

Rumphi District Hospital Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme (CCPP) coordinator, Muyeyiso Nyirenda, said turn up among women seeking cervical cancer screening services has been impressive.

He said it is even pleasing that women in rural areas in the district are eager to be screened for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPP) that causes cervical cancer.

“So far we have done cervical cancer screenings in Lura, Bolero, Mwazisi, Hewe, Mphompha, Ng’onga, Mlowe, Jalawe, Chitimba among other health centres. The target is to reach out to all 18 health centres in the district,” he said.

Nyirenda said the district health office has partnered with Life Concern Organization (LICO) who are pumping in the resources so that the health office reaches out to all health centres in the district with cervical cancer screening services.

He said since June 2016 a total of 3 580 women of child bearing age have been screened for the HPV, a virus that causes cervical cancer.

Out the 3580 women, 93 were found positive for the HPV virus and have since been treated through Cryotherapy.

He said cervical cancer is curable hence the need for timely screening and treatment.

LICO Cervical Cancer Programme (CCP) coordinator, Martha Nyasulu, said her organization will continue sponsoring cervical cancer screening outreach programmes so that women in rural areas have access to cervical cancer screening services.

She noted that the district hospital is financially handicapped such that they may not be able to reach out and assist women living among the rural areas, hence the intervention.

Gwebe Msowoya from Mphompha called for more cervical cancer screenings and treatment outreach services so that more women, challenged by mobility to the district hospital, are reached and assisted within walkable distances.

The year- long cervical cancer prevention project is being implemented with financial assistance from Southern Africa AIDS Trust.

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