Mzuzu Cervical Cancer Centre to open July

Mzuzu, Despite not being able to raise targeted amount of funds for a cervical cancer centre at Luwinga in Mzuzu, Kuwala Health Media says the center will be ready by July this year (2017).

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency (MANA), Kuwala Health Media Chief Executive Officer, Dr Solomon Chomba, said though the fundraising dinner held early March [2017] did not yield much, they (Kuwala Health Media) still managed to source some funds to ensure the centre is completed as soon as possible.

From the fundraising dinner, we got only 1.5 million kwacha, which is about half of our target, but I can confidently say that the centre will be completed by July.

We had to put up complementary measures to be able to find additional funds for the completion, he said.

According to Dr Chomba, the positive reports they get from partner institutions are what give them the confidence and urge to never give up setting up the cervical cancer centre.

For instance, in the past, Mapale Health Centre would only receive 4-8 women seeking cervical cancer services in a month, but ever since we scaled up cervical cancer campaigns, the health centre receives over 30 women seeking the services in a month.

When we look at these statistics, we get encouraged to scale up the campaigns and the cervical cancer centre is one of such initiatives, he said.

According to Chomba, Kuwala Health Media is currently scaling up the campaign to secondary schools in Mzuzu City and the surrounding areas, believing the best way to fight this type of cancer is to scale up prevention measures by encouraging young girls of 16 years and above to go for cervical cancer screening.

We have already begun campaigns in secondary schools and we plan that by June (2017), we should have conducted the campaigns at Luwinga and Mzuzu Government Secondary Schools.

We specifically target the girls because they are in early maturity stage and that they should be well informed as they enter a stage of being sexually active, he said.

Chomba, however, pointed out that the campaigns would not exclude order women, saying most of them carry the disease without their knowledge which makes them end up going to hospitals when it is too late.

Cervical cancer remains one of the major public health problems which kills thousands of women globally every year, especially in low income countries.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA