World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa needs more investment in the health sector to close gaps that exist in the fight against cancer.
WHO Malawi Country Representative, Neema Kimambo, said this during the opening of the 5th Cancer Symposium in Lilongwe organised by the University of North Carolina ( UNC) Malawi project aimed at sharing notes and ideas on cancer fight.
“Most African countries including Malawi are losing people due to late reporting to hospitals hence it becomes difficult to treat advanced cases. Myths too act as a barrier because the moment signs and symptoms are seen some connect with their beliefs that is why there is a need for more awareness and investments to improve cancer care services among the people,” Kimambo said.
In her keynote address, Deputy Minister of Health, Halima Daudi, indicated that the country is on course in the fight against the disease.
“Come next year people will start receiving improved care services upon
completion of the Cancer Centre,” said Daudi.
According to Daudi works on the centre are expected to be completed in November.
She said the ministry has trained different cadres and health workers currently attached to other hospitals outside Malawi in readiness for the Cancer Centre operation.
According to the Ministry of Health, 48 percent of deaths arising from non-communicable diseases are a result of cancer.
Among common cancer types, the country struggles with include skin, cervical, breast, and osophageal cancer.
Reported by Austin Fukula.