Stakeholders in the Northern Region have called for political will among leaders if the battle against cancer of the cervix is to be won.
This came up during a fundraising luncheon in Mzuzu over the weekend organised by Kuwala Health Media (Kuhem), aimed at raising resources towards the cause.
The organisation’s Secretary, Solomon Chomba, bemoaned that government has for a long time invested a lot of resources in the fight against HIV and Aids at the expense of other killer diseases.
“With HIV there is antiretroviral therapy (ART) for people to live longer, but there is no such a thing with cervical cancer. What awaits a patient is just death. So why don’t we endeavour in raising awareness and invest to screen our women for the disease?” queried Chomba.
He stressed on the need of drawing programmes and coming up with projects specifically aimed at fighting the disease which is caused by the human papilloma virus type 16 and 18.
Chomba said that in the last six years of its operations, Kuhem has noticed that raising awareness about the disease is not a solution in itself if hospitals continue to suffer from inadequate medical equipment for screening and consequent cryotherapy.
“It is time we all took this silent killer seriously for the sake of our women, the good thing is that the basing equipment that we need is locally found. So let’s join hands,” he added.
Guest of honour to the event, Leonard Njikho, who is Member of Parliament for Mzuzu City, hailed Kuwala for the initiative, and thus assured patrons of government’s commitment to dealing with cancer-related health problems.
He then urged women with knowledge of the disease to pass it on to others and also be on the lookout for its early signs and symptoms.
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