Storella hails state’s cancer fight
Livingstone, May 20, 2013, ZANIS… United States Ambassador to Zambia
Mark Storella has praised the government’s efforts to fight
cervical cancer across the country .
Mr Storella added that the US government will continue to support efforts to contain the disease.
Officially opening the Batoka Hospital cervical Cancer centre funded
by the US government at a cost of over 77 thousand United States dollars, Mr.
Storella said today that it was pleasing to note that the government has rolled
out an ambitious programme to ensure that women in the country were
screened against the disease.
He noted that the fact that Zambia was ranked second in the world with
the highest incidences in cervical cancer calls for more concerted
efforts by both the government and other stakeholders to aggressively
fight the disease.
“ I am pleased that the government has shown commitment in the fight
against cervical cancer through establishment of screening centers
which gives us impetus to continue supporting such actions in order
to prevent loss of women to the disease,” said Mr. Storella.
“And the fact that Zambia is 2nd in the world with high incidences of
cervical cancer means that it kills more Zambian women and therefore
it is important that more sustained efforts and partnerships are
encouraged to effectively fight the disease”, he noted.
The ambassador also paid particularly homage to the First Lady
Dr Christine Kaseba- Sata for her active involvement in the fight
against the disease emphasized that the fight against disease need
concerted efforts from both the government and major stakeholders.
Speaking earlier Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr Atanga Alisheke
said four other cervical cancer screening and treatment centres will
be opened in Mazabuka, Kalomo, Choma and Linda compounds before the end
of this year.
He implored all women in the province to take advantage of the new
centres to check themselves for early screening for both cervical
cancer and breast cancer.
Dr Alisheke also thanked the government for opening the long awaited
centres which he noted will drastically help thousands of women who
used to travel to Lusaka for the same services.
Meanwhile, the Ambassador said the United Nations World Tourism
General Assembly (UNWTO) will add a sparkle to the bright future of
tourism in Zambia.
The Ambassador who rode on a bicycle with other government officials
from the Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula international airport to Batoka
Hospital is tomorrow expected to take part in the Bike Across
Borders with his counterpart U.S Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce
Wharton in a bid to promote tourism, economic growth and wildlife
conservation in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The American diplomats will lead the delegation of cyclists that will
also include Tourism and Arts Minister Ms Sylvia Masebo, visiting Miss
USA Nana Meriwether and other cyclists from the US embassy and Zambian
The US Bike Across Borders initiative trip highlights the economic
and conservations merits of tourism ahead of the UNWTO to be co-hosted
between Zambia and Zimbabwe in August from 24th to 29th, 2013.