THE United States Embassy, through the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and technical assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this week donated advanced techniques to detect and prevent cervical cancer at health facilities in Katima Mulilo.
According to a statement by the embassy, Ambassador Lisa Johnson encouraged at-risk women to screen for cervical cancer when she visited the Bukalo Health Centre in the Zambezi region.
“Women in Zambezi no longer have to travel long distances, or wait for long periods of time to be screened and to receive treatment for one of the most dangerous cancers affecting women in Namibia,” Johnson said.
Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer among women in Namibia.
During the visit, Johnson extended her gratitude to the Ministry of Health and Social Services for effective implementation of these advanced “screen and treat” procedures now available in Katima Mulilo and 34 other health facilities across Namibia.
The procedure was introduced in September 2018 and it allows immediate diagnosis at clinics that offer the procedure to determine if a woman has pre-cancerous cells on the cervix, and to receive treatment during that same clinical visit.
“PEPFAR has trained nearly 100 health care workers in Namibia to provide the procedure and is committed to ongoing support of the cervical cancer screening program with a continuing national rollout of screening services. Over the next year, an additional 18 health care facilities across Namibia will be equipped to offer this advanced cervical cancer screening service,” Jacques Du Toit, US Embassy spokesperson said.