March 2, 2024

URDT in the lead to fight deadly Cervical Cancer, Health Experts skilled on screening procedures 

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KIBAALE

Over 20 Representative Midwives from Kagadi and Kakumiro districts have been sent to practice cervical cancer screening and treatment in their respective health centers after completing their one-week theory training facilitated by the Uganda Rural Development and Training Program (URDT).

The training which started on Monday and ended of Friday last week ended at starlight Hotel in Karuguuza Town, Kibaale district, targeted midwives from the selected health Centre lc3’s and 4’s in Kagadi and Kakumiro districts respectively to equip them with relevant skills and knowledge on cervical cancer screening and treatment during early stages.

Cervical cancer project under Uganda Rural Development Training Centre (URDT) that started 3 years ago in Kagadi and Kakumiro districts intends to benefit 7500 women in the renewed two years project.  

Lucy Kansiime, the URDT cervical cancer project coordinator said in a bid to end the killer cervical cancer disease in Bunyoro sub region, they will keep on training more midwives on cervical cancer screening and treatment despite the limited resources from the project.

Lucy said the relevancy of the training is to give competence to health workers across the Bunyoro Sub region.

Mothers waiting for cancer screening at the Health Facility

“We intend to bring on board other districts in this region so that there are enough skills among the health workers in Bunyoro. As URDT, we started this project to support the services offered by the government and we want to see our mothers living a happy life” Lucy told Journalists.

The cervical cancer training workshop was facilitated by Dr. Godfrey Gamagaine consultant from the Ministry of health and Dr. Apollo Kalanzi the National reproductive trainer.

Others were Doctor Chris Kyobe senior midwife from the ministry of health and Dinah Busige from Kagadi General Hospital in charge of the Maternal Child Health clinic.

Speaking to our reporter after the training Doctor Chris Kyobe pledged to lobby more resources from the ministry of health meant to strengthen the activities of URDT Cervical cancer project

“We know this cancer is painful and we are going to follow up on these trained health workers to ensure they do the work well and we are also asking the Ministry of Health to provide medical equipment to help in treatment of this cancer,” Dr. Kyobe said.

Health workers being trained on the cancer screening and treatment on Wednesday in Kibaale district

Speaking on behalf of learners Rehema Komuhangi a midwife at Kagadi General Hospital appreciated URDT Cervical cancer Project for equipping them with knowledge and skills on cervical cancer screening and treatment

She pledged a better performance during a one-week practice on cervical cancer screening and treatment in their respective health facilities

I want to thank every stakeholder in this project and I want to say that we have achieved our objectives of the training and I hope our women outside there will receive the desired treatment,” Rehema told Nettl Media.

Uganda has one of the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world.

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), cervical cancer is the most prominent of all cancers in sub-Saharan Africa. In Uganda, 40 percent of all cancers are attributed to cervical cancer and it is the leading cause of death of all cancers that affect Ugandan women.

The country has received increasingly more attention from its government and from international donors with respect to the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer.

The Ugandan Ministry of Health is promoting nationally-supported preventive measures, such as HPV vaccinations to school-aged girls and routine postnatal cervical screens. However, persistently high rates of cervical cancer diagnoses and deaths suggest that many gaps remain in the effective management of this disease in Uganda.

The issue of cervical cancer in Uganda—and in other resource-scarce countries—raises many questions. Why, despite widespread knowledge of how to prevent, detect and treat it, is the disease burden of cervical cancer so high? Why aren’t philanthropic organizations more forthcoming with funding for prevention efforts like those required to address cervical cancer?

Eighty percent of cervical cancer diagnoses are presented in the late stages of the disease. Why is there a dearth of therapeutic options for these women?

Uganda in eastern Africa ranks seventh in the world for cervical cancer incidence, with an estimated rate of 56.2 per 100 000 people in 2020 (compared to a global rate of 13.3).

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer morbidity and mortality in Ugandan women with an estimated 6959 new cases and 4607 deaths in 2020. HPV vaccination rates remain low, with approximately 78% of girls unvaccinated in 2016.

Cervical cancer screening rates are low, between 4.8%-30% among eligible women. Treatment and palliative care options are also limited for patients with advanced cervical cancer.

While Uganda had only one radiotherapy machine serving the country and the region for some time, there are now three functional external beam radiotherapy machines at the Uganda Cancer Institute – an improvement, though the unmet demand remains high.

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