In a bid to ensure women get early cancer screening in Kinango, Kwale County, a program to oversee intensive awareness campaign on the disease has been launched.
Sports Connect Foundation a non-governmental organisation spearheading the campaign has been instrumental in ensuring women’s health is prioritised.
Addressing locals at Taru in Kinango Sub-County, Sports Connect Foundation Chairperson Athanas Mdoe Tangai said the organisation, apart from engaging women and young girls in sports activities, it is also focusing on women health.
According to Mr. Mdoe, despite cancer being the most killer disease in rural areas, communities remain uninformed.
He said intensive awareness campaign about the disease need to be enhanced at the grassroots level.
“Together with doctors and health professionals from Taru and other parts of the Sub-County we have met various women groups and enlightened them about the disease,” revealed Mr. Mdoe.
He said the reception has been positive and women are now seeking cancer screening services.
“Initially, some people especially women lost lives because they would seek assistance from witch-doctors instead of professionals medics,” he disclosed.
[Locals attend cancer awareness forum at Taru social hall/ Photo/courtesy].
On his part Doctor Martin Nyamawi urged women to go for early cancer screening.
He said the disease was killing people because many ignored early screening.
“When the disease is detected various interventions can be made to save lives,” noted Dr. Nyamawi.
The awareness campaign is focusing the remote areas of Taru, Mwembeni, Mgalani, Egu, Fuleye among other villages.