—-Kasama General Hospital has embarked on a free cervical cancer screening program for women in the area.
Hospital Superintendent, Elijah Mtoloki, has confirmed the development in an interview with ZANIS.
Mr Mtoloki said the program was one of the activities lined up in preparation for the International Cervical Cancer Day Commemoration to be held in Kasama on February 4, 2014.
He added that health authorities will also carry out public sensitisation campaigns of the disease in schools and colleges in readiness for next week’s event.
He said it was important for women to go for regular screening in order to prevent curable diseases like cancer of the cervix.
Dr Mtoloki also confirmed that the hospital now had a mammography, a machine to be used in the screening for breast cancer.
And cervical cancer survivor, Juliet Munkonge, 45, has appealed to women to seek early screening whenever they suspected the disease.
She said she was diagnosed with the disease in 2009 but sought early treatment and has since been treated.
Ms Munkonge said some of the symptoms she experienced were prolonged periods, backache, painful leg and black spots all over her body.