Karonga, September 30, Mana: Health officials in Karonga have advised young women and girls in the district to go for cervical cancer screening for early diagnosis and treatment provision for those who may be diagnosed with the disease.
In an interview Thursday with Malawi News Agency, District Director of Health and Social Services for Karonga, David Sibale, said early diagnosis of the disease is vital as it assists in addressing the disease before developing into a complicated situation.
“We are encouraging young girls from the age of nine and women to be going for cervical cancer screening at their nearest health facilities,” said Sibale.
He said he was pleased with progress of cancer screening exercise in the district, saying records indicate that more girls and women are turning up for screening.
“However, there is some resistance amongst some girls and women in some parts of the district to go for screening, hence the need for enhanced awareness on the same,” he said.
In a separate interview, Glory Mwiba who got screened, said cancer is dangerous, so, it is important to know one’s status as early as possible for timely redress.
“Cervical cancer is dangerous and it kills a lot of young women and girls because it is difficult to know that one has the disease using personal knowledge until one goes for screening,” said Mwiba.
Karonga District has recorded about 17 cases of cervical cancer since January, 2021.