By CHATULA KAMPO -
GOVERNMENT says it is in the process of training medical personnel countrywide with simple techniques in cervical cancer screening.
Community Development, Mother and Child Health Minister Joseph Katema said all medical personnel would be trained with simple techniques in cervical cancer screening.
He said in an interview that the training of medical personnel would enable Government open up more centres in all the districts countrywide.
“Plans to open up more cancer centres in all the districts in the country are underway. So far we have only rolled out the services to provincial centres due to shortage of medical personnel who are specialised in cancer screening.
“This is the reason why we are embarking on training of all health personnel in health centres in order to enable them get simple techniques in cervical cancer screening,” he said.
Dr Katema said the programme would allow more women to have access to cervical cancer screening in their respective health centres.
Some women in Masaiti District on the Copperbelt recently expressed concern at the long distance they covered to access cervical cancer screening services.
The women from Mukolwe area appealed to the Government to open a centre that would make them access the services easily.
They said during the official opening of Mukolwe maternity waiting house that the nearest cancer screening centre for them was Ndola Central Hospital, which was far away.