TNM in cancer awareness drive

Malawi’s integrated mobile network and ICT services operator has scheduled a few activities to engage its staff on Cancer awareness.

Listening- TNM employees during Cancer session.

Health stakeholders mark February for cancer activities as February 4th and 15th are set aside as World Cancer and Childhood Cancer Days.

TNM Senior Manager (Public Relations) Akossa Mphepo said the activities lined up aim to create awareness about cancer amongst employees and the company’s customers to encourage routine screening for early diagnosis and early treatment options.

“Our employees are putting on lavender ribbons that bring awareness to all cancers. We are doing this in solidarity with those with cancer, survivors and their families. These ribbons have been purchased from Cancer Survivor’s Quest and the proceeds from the purchase will be used to provide free cervical cancer screening to women in five communities in the country,” she said.

Mphepo said apart from the ribbons, the company has conducted Cancer awareness sessions as well as cervical cancer screening for the staff.

“We have invited officials from Cancer Survivor’s Quest to hold talks on risk factors and other specifics that we need to know pertaining to cancer during this month. Working with nurses, Cancer Survivor’s Quest will provide free cervical cancer screening to female employees,” she said

She reaffirmed TNM’s commitment towards contributing to the well-being of Malawians, and directly towards the country’s health services.

“TNM  remains  firmly  committed  to  contributing  to Malawi’s  socio-economic  development through  direct  assistance  in  the  health  sector.  We continue partnering with different organisations for their initiative of providing health services to both our employees and customers,” said Senior Manager (Public Relations).

In his remarks Cancer Survivor’s Quest Director Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe expressed the need to create more awareness on cancer issues to the larger group of people.

“This session is very important in creating awareness to the individual even the organisation because when you come to organisation like TNM we believe that this message will go forward to many people as people do interact,” said Ng’ombe.

Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years). Each year, more than 150,000 children are diagnosed with cancer – a disease that touches all regions of the world and impacts countless families and communities.  Early diagnosis, however, is key in getting treated.

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