Jul 17, 2009, 6:50 AM
The Francis Degaulle Njie Foundation, last Thursday 8th July 2010 presented certificates to 35 nurses and midwives, after completing a training programme on cervical screening.
Also on the same day, the foundation also inaugurated the cervical cancer screening unit at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital in
The initiative is in line with the objectives set by the foundation in providing education and information resources to health care professionals, those diagnosed and their families on brain tumours, cancer treatment, rehabilitation and support.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Mam Marie-Jagne, the Chief Matron at the RVTH said cervical cancer is the fifth common cancer in women worldwide, with approximately 471,000 new cases diagnosed each year.
She noted that a woman dies of cervical cancer approximately in every minute.
According to her, with the support of the foundation last year, they were able to train 35 nurses countrywide on cervical screening techniques. She said in less developed countries, this type of cancer is the second most common in women, accounting for 300, 000 annual deaths. He noted that 80% of the cases occur in low income and middle countries.
For her part, Mrs. Delphine ES Carrol, adviser to the foundation, said the foundation partners with the RVTH with a view to raise awareness on the socio-economic impact of cancer.
She expressed hope that with the inauguration of this unit, the need and importance of early screening would be highlighted.
Mrs. Carrol further stated that cervical cancer prevention must be considered a public health priority and effective treatment.