Free cancer screening at Nkurenkuru today

25 October 2019 | Health

KENYA KAMBOWE



The Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital, in conjunction with the office of the former first lady Penexupifo Pohamba, will today conduct free cancer screening at Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.

The event will take place at the Nkurenkuru health centre.

According to Ongwediva Medipark’s managing director, Dr Tshali Ithete, the aim of the free breast, cervical and prostate cancer screening is to detect and prevent these serious illnesses.

Ithete said the programme also aims at creating awareness about cancer in general

“This initiative will ensure that members of the community, especially rural communities receive the necessary knowledge to combat further unnecessary morbidity and mortality from preventable cancers as early detection is key in cancer prevention,” Ithete said.

Today’s event will be followed by a cancer walk tomorrow after the official programme that will be held at the Nkurenkuru community hall.

Ithete revealed that more than 3 000 women and men have taken part in the annual free screening programme held in the Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshikoto and Kunene regions.

Ithete therefore called on the residents of Kavango West to take part in the free screening campaign.

Kavango West regional governor Sirkka Ausiku also called on people to show up in numbers and make use of the opportunity.

“Firstly, I would like to thank our former first lady, Madam Penexupifo Pohamba, for hosting this event through Medipark Private Hospital. We appreciate the initiative to bring health services closer to our people.

“We know cervical cancer is a concern and is always diagnosed when it’s too late. Early diagnosis is important and I am urging all residents of Kavango West to come in their numbers to be tested, including those from neighbouring regions closer to Nkurenkuru, they are also welcome,” Ausiku said.

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