Richard Nyasosela, currently at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) Cancer Unit in Lilongwe, has become the country’s second oncologist after Leo Masamba who is at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
Speaking in an interview with The Nation last week, Nyasosela, who is now four months old at KCH, said Malawi should have many oncologists because most cancer patients are dying from cases which can be treated.
“Oncologists provide clinical care to patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. We have to give hope to society that cancer is curable,” said Nyasosela.
He said there is need to improve the country’s screening programmes, especially in cases of cervical and breast cancer in women.
“We have to emphasise early diagnosis and giving the right treatment without delay. Most cases of cancer are easier to treat and cure if detected early,” he said.
He, however, suggested there should be increased awareness on what causes the disease and equip hospital laboratories.
Nyasosela pursued oncology studies at University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.