Mangochi District Health Office (DHO) will today start screening over 2 000 women for cervical cancer, courtesy of Community of Saint’ Egidio’s Disease Relief through Excellent and Advanced Means (Dream) support.
Mangochi District Hospital cervical cancer coordinator Florence Chidyaonga said in an interview the exercise will run for five days.
She said the exercise targets the education sector where female teachers, teachers’ spouses and eligible students in the district’s secondary schools and colleges are expected to be screened.
“We want to give them an opportunity to access the services because most of them fail to get tested due to their busy schedule,” said Chidyaonga.
She appealed to all women in the district to go in large numbers for screening, saying cervical cancer cases are high in Mangochi.
“Cases of cervical cancer in the district remain high. But thanks to Dream’s yearly interventions, a lot of women have been tested,” said Chidyaonga.
The DHO says it has screened 7 000 women for cervical cancer from July 2018 to June this year.
Mangochi district Dream project coordinator Darlington Thole said they support Ministry of Health and Population Services to fight cervical cancer in the country.
“It has been noted that Mangochi, despite having a population of over 1 million people, only few women have undergone cervical cancer screening; hence, our target on the education sector,” he said.
The project is being funded by the Norwegian Church Aid.