Cer­vi­cal cancer fight gears up

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - NEWS - Tan­yaradzwa Ku­taura

GOV­ERN­MENT has en­gaged sev­eral part­ners for pro­vi­sion of cer­vi­cal cancer screen­ing to women in ru­ral ar­eas.

This comes as First Lady Amai Aux­il­lia Mnan­gagwa has been on a na­tion-wide drive to as­sist women to ac­cess cer­vi­cal and breast cancer screen­ing.

In an in­ter­view dur­ing a Na­tional Aids Coun­cil tour for jour­nal­ists to ap­pre­ci­ate the HIV and Aids sit­u­a­tion in Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince, NAC Muzara­bani district co-or­di­na­tor Mr Richard Chasima said Gov­ern­ment was fully com­mit­ted to the fight against cer­vi­cal cancer.

He said mea­sures had been put in place through the Min­istry of Health and Child Care to en­sure more women were screened for cer­vi­cal cancer.

“We are car­ry­ing out a num­ber of pro­grammes as stake­hold­ers that are be­ing sup­ported by the Na­tional Aids Trust Fund and these in­clude the VIAC screen­ing and screen­ing for cer­vi­cal cancer tar­get­ing mostly ar­eas that are hard to reach ar­eas.

“In this prov­ince, we are now sup­port­ing St Al­bert’s Mis­sion with travel lo­gis­tics so that they go to ar­eas where peo­ple live.

“This was upon re­al­i­sa­tion that we have peo­ple in wards like Chi­wenga, Chadereka and Hoya who find it dif­fi­cult to go to the hospi­tal and get screened for cer­vi­cal cancer be­cause of the dis­tance.

“By go­ing to the peo­ple, we have man­aged to in­crease the num­ber of women who are ben­e­fit­ing from the VIAC ex­er­cise as op­posed to the pe­riod where peo­ple only used to come to the mis­sion hospi­tal.

“This is part of var­i­ous mea­sures that are be­ing im­ple­mented by the Gov­ern­ment and var­i­ous part­ners to en­sure women are safe from cer­vi­cal cancer.”

The Sun­day Mail gath­ered that sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties are be­ing car­ried out in the district, which in­clude Par­ent to Child to Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Sis­ter to Sis­ter Pro­grammes in which the Zim­babwe Aids Pre­ven­tion Sup­port Or­gan­i­sa­tion is a ma­jor im­ple­menter.

PCC aims to bridge the gap be­tween par­ents and their chil­dren in dis­cussing sex-re­lated mat­ters, whilst Sis­ter to Sis­ter pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for fe­males aged be­tween 10-24 to talk about sex­ual re­pro­duc­tive health is­sues.

“Some farm­ers have man­aged to buy don­keys, but the an­i­mal prices have in­creased from $80 to about $400.

“Not ev­ery farmer can af­ford to buy the don­keys now. We be­lieve the in­tro­duc­tion of two trac­tors will as­sist in boost­ing agri­cul­ture pro­duc­tion,” he said.

Deputy Di­rec­tor for Live­stock and Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices in the Lands, Agri­cul­ture, Wa­ter, Cli­mate and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment Min­istry, Dr Chen­jerai Njagu, ad­vised farm­ers to dip their cat­tle reg­u­larly.

He also said it was a crime to move in­fected an­i­mals.

“Com­mer­cial farm­ers should stock ad­e­quate dip­ping chem­i­cals for the rainy sea­son and en­sure they dip their an­i­mals weekly,” said Dr Njagu.

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