The Lake Region Economic Bloc has embarked on a campaign to fight Cervical Cancer; a resolution calling for elimination of cervical cancer and adopting a strategy to make it happen. This campaign will reach all the LREB Counties namely Kisumu, Migori, Homa Bay, Siaya, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Kisii, Nyamira, Kericho, Bomet, Nandi and Vihiga.
During the launch of Cervical Cancer Campaign in the LREB Counties, Mama Dorothy Nyong’o revealed that the campaign will run through January (Cancer Awareness Month) to reach over 10 million people on HPV vaccination, creating cervical cancer awareness and treatment.
“This is the one cancer that is possible to eliminate. This campaign is going to run for about two months. Maseno University has taken up the initiative to monitor the impact. By the end of January, we’ll be able to tell what the uptake has been. Our action is to see that women and girls are screened.”
She added that, “we are going to celebrate our medical personnel today. We are going to give them medical scrubs. One of our partners has contributed 21,000 medical scrubs.”
According to CEC Health, Dr. Gregory Ganda, “If we can vaccinate 90% of all the girls by age 15. If we can screen 70% of all the women by the time they reach 35, and again before they reach 55, then we will be able to eliminate Cervical Cancer. We have so much time in which we can stop you from getting Cervical Cancer. It is one of the cancers we can eliminate. About 125 have been screened. Today we want to take action on a few things.”
In his address, Governor Anyang Nyon’go intimated that, “health workers including those in the region will also be engaged as survival cancer campaign ambassadors. As a government we are constructing an ultra-modern Cancer Treatment Center at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital which once complete will be a big relief to cancer patients.”
In attendance at the launch were first ladies Roselia Rasanga (Siaya), Elizabeth Ongwae (Kisii ), Priscilla Oparanya (Kakamega), Rocila Awiti (Homa Bay) and Emily Nyaribo (Nyamira) and partners Maseno University, Kizazi Chetu, African Cancer Foundation, Matibabu Foundation and Tiba Foundation.