By Isaac Salima:
Some doctors at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital have organised a bike ride to raise funds for cervical cancer screening in rural areas.
The doctors, under Gogo Chatinkha Maternity Care Support, said the bike ride is scheduled for April 26 2020 from Midima roundabout in Blantyre to Mulanje District via Thyolo.
The group’s chairperson
Frank Taulo, told reporters in Blantyre that they would like to raise K40 million for the cause.
“Every year, we register about 4,000 new cases of cervical cancer and record about 2,500 deaths. However, this type of cancer is easy to prevent. That is why we have come up with this initiative so that we can take the screening exercises to rural areas where they have challenges in accessing the services,” Taulo said.
He said they have partnered with health service providers such as Banja La Mtsogolo, Population Services International, Dream Centre and Malawi Blood Transfusion Services to provide their services during the day.
Taulo further called upon well-wishers to assist them.
The country last year rolled out a massive campaign against the human papilloma virus which is a main cause of cervical cancer.