10-day training workshop on how to effectively respond to increasing burden of cancer ended on Thursday

WINDHOEK: A 10-day training workshop on how to effectively respond to the increasing burden of cancer, especially cervical cancer, ended on Thursday.

The workshop which commenced on 08 July took place under the theme See-and-Treat and discussed various ways of how to detect the presence of cancerous lesions in women through visual inspection.

Fifteen nurses and three doctors from the Katutura State Hospital and Windhoek Central Hospital, Pharma Access, the Cancer Association of Namibia participated in the training.

They were trained on Acetic Acid (VIA), Cryotherapy, and Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedures (LEEP).

Cryotherapy is the local or general use of low temperatures in medical therapy to destroy abnormal tissue on the cervix by freezing it.

The training was organised by the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), with the collaboration of the Pink-Ribbon-Red-Ribbon (PRRR) organisation.

First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba said in a speech read on her behalf by her Special Advisor, Justina Hilukiluah during the closing ceremony that with these new procedures, health workers can assess, in a single visit, whether a woman has pre-cancerous or cancerous tissues or lesions, using acetic acid.

Once identified, if pre-cancerous the abnormal tissue or lesion can be frozen off using Cryotherapy or removed with LEEP, she added.