CoM, CHAMACA Roll Out Cervical Cancer Screening
The College of Medicine (CoM) and Chatinkha Maternal Care (CHAMACA) Support have rolled out the cervical cancer screening program estimating to screen 500, 000 rural women by the end of next year in the country.
The Program' focal person Professor Frank Taulo says there are a lot of cancers in Malawi because most remote women do not have access to screening.
"Yes the College of Medicine and Chatinkha Maternal care support have set aside this week end to conduct cervical cancer screening targeting rural women in Ngabu area. These women lack opportunity to be screened," said Professor Taulo.
The Professor believes this initiative will protect rural poor women from catching cervical cancer.
"We estimate to screen between 300,000 to 500,000 rural women by the end of next year across the country," he said.
A 22 year old mother of three children Agnes Elia and a 36 year old woman Aline Lambiki of Chapomoka village in Ngabu area have commended authorities for coming up with such an intervention of having cervical Cancer screening opportunity.
"I am happy that I have been screened and I am fine. I now have peace of Mind. I will go and encourage my fellow women to also come for cervical cancer screening," said Elia.
Statistics at Ngabu rural hospital indicate that out 200 screened women, seven are found with cervical cancer.
Reports show that Malawi has the highest cervical cancer incidence and mortality in the world.
Cervical cancer accounts for 45.4 percent of all cancers in women and that the trend is increasing.
Over 2,300 women develop cervical cancer and that 1,600 die from the disease every year in Malawi.