We want to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030 – Dorothy Nyong’o
By Peter Ochieng
Kisumu County First Lady, Dorothy Nyong’o through the African cancer foundation in partnership with Matibabu foundation on Monday, 23rd January 2023 donated over 20, 000 pairs of medical scrubs to healthcare workers, as motivation towards stepping up the fight against cervical cancer.
The scrubs are being distributed to healthcare workers who offer services to cancer patients in the Lake Region Economic Block (LREB).
The region comprises 14 counties namely: Busia, Siaya, Vihiga, Kisumu, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Kericho, Nandi, Kakamega, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia.
Speaking during the exercise at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH), Mrs. Nyong’o said efforts are being put in across the country to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.
“Cervical cancer is mostly sexually transmitted. This is one cancer that we want to eliminate by 2030. Let us make LREB the first region to eliminate it.”
She said it can be eliminated through screening, girls aged between 10-14 years getting vaccinated and proper advocacy being conducted. She urged healthcare workers to embrace testing.
“Healthcare workers fear to be screened because they know too much. There’s hope; you get screened, we find it early, you get treated and life goes on,” she said.
She was flanked by three First Ladies from LREB counties in the making of Margret Lusaka (Bungoma), Emily Nyaribo (Nyamira) and Agnes Ayacko (Migori).
They pledged to take a leading role in the fight against cervical cancer in their respective counties.
On his part, Gregory Ganda, Kisumu County Chief Executive Committee Member (CECM) in charge of Health and Sanitation urged parents and guardians to encourage their girls to get vaccinated.
“The vaccines expire because the uptake rate is still low.”
Data shared by Dan Ogolla from Matibabu Foundation indicate that nearly 600, 000 cervical cancer cases are diagnosed yearly globally and that over 300, 000 women die yearly from cervical cancer around the World.