ZCC backs First Lady on can­cer

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

THOU­SANDS of fe­male mem­bers of the Zion Chris­tian Church yes­ter­day un­der­went cer­vi­cal and breast can­cer screen­ing in Masvingo as part of a na­tion­wide cam­paign steered by First Lady Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa.

The First Lady started the na­tional can­cer aware­ness cam­paigns af­ter en­gag­ing the Min­istry of Health and Child Care. Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, fol­low­ing the First Lady’s in­ter­ven­tion, the num­ber of women who are be­ing screened has soared from 4 000 per month to 20 000.

The ZCC lead­er­ship asked the First Lady to bring her cam­paign to their an­ual “Ungano Yem­beu” cer­e­mony, which takes place be­fore the sum­mer crop­ping. Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and the First Lady are billed to grace the cer­e­mony to­day, where can­cer screen­ing will con­tinue.

A mo­bile clinic sup­plied by the Health Min­istry is be­ing used for the screen­ing. The First Lady, who is a mem­ber of the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African First Ladies Against HIV and Aids, has been cham­pi­oning na­tional and in­ter­na­tional health ad­vo­cacy.

ZCC leader Bishop Ne­hemiah Mu­tendi yes­ter­day said, “First of all we want to thank the First Lady for ac­cept­ing our in­vi­ta­tion. We want our fe­male mem­bers to un­dergo breast and cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing. We have seen Amai go­ing around the coun­try do­ing moth­erly du­ties and we de­cided to in­vite her here. We wanted her to ren­der to us the same ser­vices she is ren­der­ing to oth­ers so that our women ben­e­fit. She is a true mother of the na­tion and that is what a mother of the na­tion should be do­ing. The women are so ea­ger to get screened and they are so happy.”

Fam­ily health di­rec­tor in the Health Min­istry Dr Bernard Madz­ima added: “The First Lady has led the ad­vo­cacy cam­paign since the be­gin­ning of year. As the Min­istry of Health and Child Care, we are so happy that her ad­vo­cacy has seen num­bers for screen­ing go­ing four-fold from 4 000 per month to 20 000. We are set to meet our tar­get of screen­ing every woman be­tween 30-49 at least once in their life­time.”

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