Religious leaders have urged to spread the message on regular screening and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination as measure to prevent cervical cancer, however treatable if detected early.
The sensitization meeting for the religious leaders, organized by County Department of Health and USAID Imarisha Jamii Project, was part of the ongoing activities leading up the World Cancer Day; marked every 4th of February.
Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Bonventure Ameyo – Director of Preventive and Promotive Health – urged the religious leaders to preach this information to help save women’s lives.
In his remarks, he reminded participants that the month of January was dedicated to spreading awareness on Cervical Cancer and by extension HPV Vaccination.
According to the County Non-Communicable Diseases Coordinator (NCDs), Samuel Lokemer, said that religious leaders have a golden opportunity to educate and inform the public on various diseases and public health concerns including HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening.
Roy Meoly of USAID Imarisha Jamii assured the religious leaders of Imarisha jamii’s support in disseminating information on health matters.
The religious leaders emphasised the need for deliberate male involvement in health matters affecting women. They also proposed practical strategies in which key messages on Cervical Cancer and HPV Vaccination would be disseminated to congregants such as post–church mass sessions, groups fellowships and church outreaches/crusades.
In his closing remarks, Dr Ameyo invited the members to participate in the World Cancer Day which is to held on the 4th of February.
Also present in the meeting held in Lodwar, were partner representatives from World Vision Kenya and Catholic Diocese of Lodwar.