Uganda: How Cervical Cancer is killing 2275 women yearly


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Did you know?: 10403 deaths are recorded in Nigeria

According to recent findings by World health body, cervical cancer is likely to kill more than 443,000 women yearly worldwide by 2030.

Shockingly again, most of them (these deaths) are in sub-saharan Africa, according to expert review of anti-infective therapy.

The reports also reveals that over 78,000 women across Africa die from cervical cancer annually with South Africa alone loosing over 4248 each year.

Also, and hugely, 10403 deaths are recorded in Nigeria, 2451 in Kenya, 2275 deaths in Uganda, 1556 in Ghana, 2879 in Malawi, 4884 in Ethiopia, 2081 in Burkina Faso and 1367 in Senegal.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), immunization both for children and adults saves millions of lives every year.

The exercise is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

“Immunization prevents illness, disability and death from vaccine-preventable diseases including cervical cancer, diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, whooping cough, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhea, rubella and tetanus, all, which are common killers of millions of people across the continent,” Lizeth Kruger, a specialized Primary Health Care (PHC) Nurse Practioner says, at a press conference in South Africa.

In Uganda, cancer screening technique found that HIV infected women had a high prevalence of Cancer Intraepithelial Neoplasia grade 2t than uninfected woman (12.9% vs 1.7%).

Another local study conducted in northern Uganda found that most women with cervical cancer were diagnosed at stages III (45%) and IV (21%).

Responding to the above concern last month during NRM manifesto week, health state minister (general duties) Shara Opendi says, “it’s true many mothers in Uganda are dying from what’s preventable”.

Minister Opendi adds then that those infected or having HIV have higher risk of getting cervical cancer, adding that government is doing enough to reduce the deaths.

Like studies have shown, minister Opendi says most women visit hospital or health centres when they are terribly weakened by the deadly disease.


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