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Vihiga gets cancer screening boost

12 September 2013, 11:25 Dareel Eric

Women in Vihiga County have been given a new lease of life by Tunza Family Health Network that has donated a cryotherapy machine to help detect pre-cancerous lesions for cancer of the cervix.

Anne Shivina, the quality assurance officer under the Tunza franchise, said that cancer of the cervix has been a nightmare to many women in the region, and the machine will help to detect it earlier for a possible treatment.

“The Tunza Network felt that there was a dire need to donate the machine because cancer has been a killer disease especially among the women. Referral system has also not been effective in the region,” said Shivina.

The machine was donated on Wednesday to Joint Shiru Partners Clinic in Hamisi constituency and is expected to cut across the County in serving the people.

It was the second machine to be donated in the region, with the first one having been donated to Busia County.

Shivina said that cancer takes long to develop, and many women live in ignorance of the disease not knowing that it is slowly building up.

She encouraged women from the region to come in large numbers and be tested earlier so that they can get medication in case they test positive.

“Cancer is a disease that can be prevented when detected at an earlier stage. But if it is allowed to develop, then it brings about complications and treatment becomes expensive,” she said.

The proprietor of the facility, Adan Ganira, noted that members of the society were suffering in the healthcare sector silently.

He expressed his optimism that women of the reproductive age from the region will utilise the machine effectively.

“We want to create awareness of the disease amongst our people so that they can see the need for early intervention,” he said.

Dr. Joel Edalia, the District Medical Officer of Health in Hamisi, said that the machine will be a sigh of relief for the residents since cancer is the third most fatal disease in the country.

Shivina said that they are working towards increasing reproductive health products and services and also work on improved HIV and AIDs prevention.

The organisation promotes products, services and healthy behaviour that can enable low-income and vulnerable people to lead healthier lives.

“This is in a bid to promote a strong healthcare sector in the County,” she noted.   

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