Expert calls for mental health interventions amongst cervical cancer patients

Mzuzu, Mzuzu based health expert has called for mental health interventions amongst cervical cancer patients in the country.

Dr Solomon Chomba of Kuwala Health Media Trust, a non-governmental organisation promoting cervical cancer awareness and screening made the call in an interview Friday, following results of a research he conducted in 2018.

The findings, revealed that 32.4 and 26.5percent of advanced cervical cancer patients at Mzuzu Central Hospital had moderate and severe depression respectively.

Chomba said depression could overcome cervical cancer treatment in women, leading to loss of lives.

Most people with advanced cervical cancer and other cancers die from depression other than the cancer disease itself, he said.

Chomba called for establishment of home-based palliative care follow up services on advanced cervical cancer patients and holistic care approach by health care providers.

It is also high time enhancement of policies that will aim at the integration of mental health services into primary, secondary and tertiary health care was done so that cervical cancer patients can ably access the services, he said.

Cervical cancer is one of leading causes of cancer related deaths amongst women worldwide and it is the fourth most frequent cancer in women worldwide.

Malawi was reportedly having highest rate of cervical cancer, followed by Mozambique and Comoros.

Source: MANA Online