The Africa Cancer Foundation, Matibabu Foundation and the Kisumu County government on Wednesday launched the Lake Region Economic Bloc Cervical cancer awareness campaign in Kisumu.
The campaign is meant to encouragingly resolve and stop cancer from Killing young women through massive awareness campaign in all the 14 counties in the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB).
In his speech during the launch ,Kisumu County governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said that as LREB they must fight the killer virus .
“A status report published by the global cancer observatory through the International Agency for Research on cancer shows that there were 5,236 new cases of cervical cancer in Kenya in 2020, it’s close to 20 percent of new cases of cancer last year. We must reduce this percentage. In total sum in our counties, a total of 3,211 women died of the disease in the same year,” said Governor Nyong’o.
The county boss further stated that ,World Health Organization points at a worrying trend in cervical cancer forcing them to launch the campaign.
“Death rates of cervical cancer in developing countries Kenya included have risen or remain unchanged during the past 30 years and that’s what we are determine to change today by taking this step,” he added.
Women living in rural areas are said to be at risk to cervical cancer as they don’t have access to crucial prevention, screening and treatment services.
The 14 counties include; Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Busia, Nandi, Kericho, and Bomet.
He said the campaign will run through January, which has been dubbed as Cervical Cancer Awareness month and is projected to reach over 10 million people.
“More than 25,000 pairs of medical scrubs will be donated by Matibabu Foundation to Health workers across the country over the next several weeks to engage them as ambassadors of the campaign,” he explained.
Prof Nyong’o further revealed that the International Organization through UNICEF, and National Vaccines and immunization programs are coordinating 850,000 Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines for all hospitals and clinics across Kenya.
Cervical cancer ranked as the leading course of female cancer deaths in Kenya, yet it is treatable with early screening and timely intervention.
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