FIGHTING CERVICAL CANCER

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Group photo with the thermal ablation devices: Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Pauline McNeil and WHO Solomon Islands Officer in Charge Dr Sonja Tanevska (both centre) with WHO and MHMS officials.
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New device to prevent killer disease now here

EFFORTS to prevent and treat cervical cancer, a killer disease that has claimed lives of many women in recent times, is beefing up with the backing of local and international partners.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) says screening and treatment will now be made available at provincial health centres and local communities.

“Eliminating cervical cancer is a priority as it is the second most common cancer among women in Solomon Islands,” explained MHMS Permanent Secretary Pauline McNeil.

“Due to the geographical and financial challenges that we face, the screen-and-treat approach is the best for Solomon Islands,” McNeil added.

“A one-stop shop where women who present to the health facility are seen, examined and treated at the same time before they go home.”

To support MHMS’s screen-and-treat efforts, the World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from the European Union (EU), provided 17 thermal ablation devices to be rolled out in Area Health Centres in Honiara, Makira and other provinces.

The thermal ablation devices were officially handed over by WHO to the Ministry on Friday 16th September.


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