Pohamba opens 8th Stop Cervical Cancer in Africa conference

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba says the Namibian Government will continue to implement measures and policies aimed at providing care to those affected by any form of cancer.

He said this during the opening of the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition in the capital on Sunday.

At present, breast, cervical and prostate cancers are among the top three cancers in Namibia.

The Head of State said it is for this reason that the government has modernised and expanded the Nuclear Medicine Unit in the country.

“Our government will spare no effort to fight cancer. We will continue to allocate the necessary resources to strengthen our interventions, provide the needed services to our people, and implement ongoing awareness campaigns to sensitize the population,” Pohamba said.

He commended cancer support groups such as the Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) and others for continuing to provide emotional and psychological support to cancer patients.

“I would like to acknowledge the significant support rendered by our development co-operation partners – the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) – to our efforts to combat cancer. We count on your continued support,” he said.

The conference is organised by the Office of the Namibian First Lady under the theme “Moving forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention”.

The objectives of the conference are among others to share experiences and best practices, and to take stock of responses to cancer of the reproductive system on the continent.

The conference ends on Tuesday.

SOURCE: NAMPA