Manafwa- The minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Ms Irene Muloni has asked government to pay extra attention to the cancer and diabetes problem in rural areas to save lives of ignorant people.
“Bulambuli loses more women due to cervical cancer than most of the known diseases. The situation is compounded by the absence of drugs and healthcare in hilly areas on the slopes of Mt Elgon where people are still using herbs for treatment,” she said.
Ms Muloni was speaking during the belated celebrations of the International Women’s Day at Bulambuli District headquarters on April 17.
A medical camp was held to screen women for cervical cancer, diabetes, hypertension and HIV/Aids.
“Because cervical cancer is expensive to screen and treat, most women die silently in the villages. This is why as government, we must emphasise the need for holding health camps for free screening and treatment to save mothers,” Ms Muloni said.
Ms Muloni appealed to government to hold regular health camps in village health centres to save women and other people from all non-communicable diseases and cancer of the cervix.
She said the Bulambuli health camp will be an annual event to screen women for cervical cancer and others diseases in the district.
Dr Rhoda Wanyenze from Makerere School of Health Sciences, who led a team of doctors from Mulago Nation al Referral Hospital and Nsambya Hospital in Kampala, said majority of women are ignorant of many ailments they are suffering from.
“People suffering from cancer of the cervix still call them wounds, others associate it with witchcraft. People must access health centres, be screened for cancers and non-communicable diseases such that they can seek treatment early,” Dr Wanyenze said.
Bulambuli District Health officer Muhammed Mulongo said the health camp screened 204 women for HIV and found 19 positive.