Mungwi District Commissioner Joyce Chanda advocates the need to educate the masses on the s signs and symptom of cancer and other ailments and the importance to seek early medical attention in order to effectively treat diseases.
Ms Chanda said early detection of diseases such as Cervical and Breast cancer which affects women would help to serve them from dying once they were put on early treatment.
The District Commissioner said women and adolescent girls between 15-49 years needed to be informed adequately about the symptoms of cancer for them to make informed decisions over their health.
The District Commissioner said this during the commemoration of the World Cancer Day held at Ngoli Health Centre in Mungwi over the weekend.
She called on the Ministry of Health and its collaborating partners to focus more on the sensitisation of the community on the signs and symptoms of cancer.
Ms Chanda added that awareness was critical to the fight against cancer in Zambia.
Ms Chanda however acknowledged challenges faced by the government and Ministry of Health in particular in the provision of appropriate equipment for cancer treatment in all major hospitals in the country.
She added that training of health workers in the management of cancer ailments in the country was a priority of the government.
Speaking at the same occasion, Mungwi District Medical Officer Wezi Sunkuntu said cancer related ailments were serious non-communicable diseases affecting many people in Zambia and the world today.
Dr. Sunkuntu revealed that from 2004 Cervical cancer, Eye and Breast cancer as well as Kaposis Sakoma have been the common diseases in the world.
He further said that in 2001, 11 million new cases of cancer were recorded and 8 million people have since died from the disease while 24 million people are living with the disease in the world.
Dr Sunkutu said developing countries such as Zambia account for about 72 percent of cancer related deaths hence the need to double the efforts to combat the disease.