Cervical cancer project launched in Kagadi

KAGADI – The Uganda Cancer Institute in partnership with Kagadi Hospital and Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme, has launched the early cervical cancer screening, prevention and treatment project in Kagadi district.

The project, dubbed Enjoying life and saving women from cervical cancer, was launched at Kagadi Hospital recently.

Dr Carol Nakisige, who represented the executive director for Uganda Cancer Institute, Dr. Jackson Orem, launched the project.

“Cervical cancer is the number one killer in Uganda and in most sub-Saharan African countries. In Uganda alone, about 4,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year,” Nakisige said.

She said if nothing is done, it is estimated that the numbers will double by the year 2050.

Dr Nakisige, who is also a gynecologist at the Uganda Cancer Institute, commended the Kagadi Hospital administration and the Uganda Rural development and Training Programme for the training, research and partnering with the institute to ensure the project is launched in Kagadi.

Dr Nakisige pledged support for the continuity of the project. She stressed the need for the integration of the programme with other services such as voluntary HIV testing and counselling services.

Dr. Isaac Kakibogo, the Kagadi Hospital medical superintendent, said the cervical cancer screening room has been established at the health facility. He said at least 20 nurses from have been trained to manage the screening and treatment of women diagnosed with early risks of Human Papilloma Virus.

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