Chikwawa district recording high cancer cases

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Cancer Association of Malawi has confirmed the high number of cancer cases that it is receiving from Chikwawa district following an increase in percentage of cancer cases that are being referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

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According to Gonjetso Kalumbu who is administrator for the association, plans are already underway to carry out awareness campaigns in the district as a way of instilling knowledge on how to deal with the ailment.

“We are still carrying on a lot of campaigns that aim at sensitizing people on ways they can implore to deal with cancer cases. So far, we are organizing another awareness campaign that will take place at Chikwawa Boma very soon,” said Kalumbu.

He said Chikwawa is not the only place that they plan to take these sensitization campaigns to.

“Once we have held this awareness campaign, we will also go to other districts to give more details to people on this issue and people are encourage to go to government hospitals and get tested. The tests are free of charge and may I encourage everyone to patronize these servoces,” he explained.

Kalumbu added that the association is still building more partnership with stakeholders and will soon organize a fundraising campaign so that companies and individuals come together and contribute to the cause of bringing awareness on the disease.

“We run expensive tests when it comes to detecting cancer in one’s body. Sometimes we have to send tests to South Africa and as an association, we appeal to all health stakeholders and other people to support this cause and save many lives,” he added.

Cancer Association of Malawi will organize a dinner and dance event where they plan to raise money whose proceeds will be channeled to the fight against cancer in the country.

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