A number of women from Kisumu County yesterday benefited from cervical cancer screening done by a non-profit organization known as Cure Cervical Cancer in partnership with Kisumu County.
The non-profit organization is reaching out to women through its single visit model via a mobile clinic that provides screening and treatment on-site.
According to the Cure Cervical Cancer executive director Dr. Rebecca Lepsik the mobile clinic is a golden standard of testing and treatment and can be done anywhere.
“In the mobile clinic, the client is taken through the essence of early detection and demonstration on a self-screening using test kits. Each client is led to private screening booth, sample then taken for test. For positive cases, we have a referral pathway to the sub county or county referral hospital,” said Dr. Lepsik.
Lepsik says that the initiative aims to have at least 10,000 women tested.
Cervical cancer remains the second highest leading cause of cancer among women in Kenya.
“The programme has nine clinicians trained to offer treatment and 100 more community health workers to mobilize, educate and facilitate self-sample collection for testing, the mobile clinic take less minutes to detect it,” she added.
An estimate of 604,000 new cases of cervical cancer are reported annually with over 342,000 deaths reported globally every year.
The ministry of health has been offering the HPV vaccine to school-going girls of ages 10-14years as preventive intervention towards eliminating cervical cancer in Kenya.
The programme has been running across all counties.
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