Kalembo Health Centre in Balaka can now screen women for cervical cancer, thanks to a K6 million cryotherapy machine donated by Community of Saint Egidio’s Disease Relief Excellent Advanced Means (Dream.2).
The equipment was bought with funding from Norwegian Church Aid.
Speaking last week during a cervical cancer sensitisation meeting at Kalembo Health Centre, Dream.2 coordinator for scaling diagnostic Ulemu Sopa said the machine will help to reduce deaths caused by cervical cancer as women will be diagnosed early.
“A cervical cancer clinic is now fully functional at Kalembo. We trained two health workers to operate the machine and every primary material needed to run the cancer clinic will be supplied every month,” he said.
Group village head Kalembo said women in her area have no reason to worry because the clinic is now within reach.
Balaka cervical cancer prevention coordinator Willy Kwenda said with a population of over 50 000 and a distance of 45 kilometres from Balaka District Hospital, Kalembo Health Centre deserves to have a cervical cancer clinic of its own.