Kashuupulwa says cancer patients should seek proper treatment

21 Oct 2014 08:00am
ONGWEDIVA, 21 OCT (NAMPA) - Oshana regional governor Clemens Kashuupulwa has urged cancer patients to seek proper medical treatment instead of seeing traditional healers.
Speaking during the second Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Walk of the Ongwediva Medipark Private Hospital on Saturday, Kashuupulwa said all Namibians should dedicate themselves to the fight against cancer.
“This cancer awareness walk should not be taken for granted or fun, but it should be seen as encouragement for all of us to join the fight against cancer,” he said, adding that he was disappointed that only a few men participated in the walk.
The governor then called on cancer patients who reportedly approach traditional healers for treatment, to stop doing so.
“Just go to the nearest clinic, hospital or your doctor for treatment, because a traditional healer will just tell you that you were bewitched and will not give you proper treatment,” Kashuupulwa said.
First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba was the keynote speaker at the event, and told those present that cancer is preventable and it can be treated if detected early.
There is therefore a need for people to be encouraged to be screened for cancer for early detection of the disease.
Pohamba indicated that national figures show alarming cancer rates, with current figures showing that on average, 130 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer in Namibia every year.
It is estimated that 59 out of 130 women diagnosed with cervical cancer die from cervical cancer, and these are mostly women aged between 15 and 44 years.