GVH to enlighten chiefs on cervical cancer

Mangochi: Group Village Head (GVH) Ukalanga, whose birth name is Mdala Wasiki, has organized a meeting slated for September 5, 2018 for all traditional leaders in his jurisdiction to sensitize them on cervical cancer so that they encourage women in their areas to go for screening.

Ukalanga said this in an interview with Malawi News Agency on the second day of a cervical cancer awareness campaign held at Chimwala Primary School ground in Mangochi on Thursday where more than five traditional leaders were in attendance.

The GVH said he was now aware of the dangers of cervical cancer and, therefore, felt the responsibility to play a leading role in encouraging women to go for screening for early detection.

“As a Group Village Head, I will see to it that all women in my village have gone for cervical cancer screening.

I will, therefore, organize a meeting with all traditional leaders in my area on September 5, to enlighten them on the importance of early cancer detection and ask them to call upon all women of reproductive age within their areas to go for cervical cancer screening,” said GVH Ukalanga.

The local leader also urged men to be responsible enough to go with their wives to Mangochi District Hospital for cervical cancer screening.

The campaign implemented by Hope for Cancer (HOCAF) and Coalition for Empowerment of Women and Girls (CEWAG) is a project initiated by Ministry of Health with funding from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to sensitize communities on the importance of early detection of cervical cancer in women.

Chief Executive Officer and founder of Hope for Cancer, Brandina Khondowe said she was impressed with the turnout of men, women and girls and their active participation during the campaign.

“Our target audience in Chimwala Area exceeded expectations as girls and women of reproductive age came out in large numbers and participated actively in answering questions,” Khondowe said.

She also commended the presence of traditional leaders and their leading role in sensitizing women on cervical cancer.

The campaign comprised speeches from founder for HOCAF, CEWAG represantative and Mangochi District Health Of

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA