Healthcare providers trained in ‘screen and treat’ procedure

30 Mar 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAR (NAMPA) - There has been a global call to action to eradicate cervical cancer and Namibia is answering this call with the training of 20 healthcare providers in the ‘screen and treat’ procedure.
This statement was made by the Windhoek Central Hospital’s Senior Medical Superintendent, Dr David Uirab at the handing over of certificates to healthcare providers who completed training in the procedure here on Friday.
Uirab said Namibia is able to screen and detect cervical cancer early and treat those who have the precancerous lesions.
“By doing this, we are able to eliminate new cases of cervical cancer among women and decrease cervical cancer mortality in our country,” he said.
Speaking at the same event, the United States of America’s Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson said the trainees will lead the provision of the ‘screen and treat’ approach in Namibia.
“As nurses and doctors, you are at the frontline of empowering women to take control of their health choices and you can encourage this screening widely,” she said.
The ‘screen and treat’ procedure uses visualisation with acetic acid (VIA) to identify precancerous lesions in the cervix.
Johnson added that through funding by the US President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR) and with the help of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, they want to “bring VIA screening to clinics across the country and as a result, Namibia will be able to drastically lower the number of cases of cervical cancer diagnosed.”
The five-day training was part of a PEPFAR programme done in collaboration with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The healthcare providers will be stationed at various clinics around the country.