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USLTHIC to introduce cervical cancer screening programme

February 25, 2021

The University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex (USLTHC), in partnership with Ramsy Medical Laboratories and Well Woman Clinic will launch a pilot Cervical Cancer Screening programme on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2021 at USLTHC-Jui Hospital, commonly known as the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital.

According to a media advisory from USLTHC ,the partnership is currently with Ramsy Medical Laboratory and Well Woman Clinic, as institutions working in the areas of laboratory medicine and women’s reproductive health respectively.

“However, USLTHC looks forward to the forming of a wider partnership with other interested organizations and agencies.The programme, which will be launched on March 8th (International Women’s Day), hopes to reach women from all walks of life; encourage women to include cervical screenings as part of their regular/routine health checks; and save lives through early detection of Cervical Cancer.”

Cervical Cancer,they say, is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, and although there are no signs/symptoms of early stage cervical cancer (when it is easily treatable), regular check-ups by Visual Inspection with Acetic acid (VIA), and pap smears are recommended for early detection.

“When abnormal cells are detected early enough, and/or before they become cancerous, there is a greater chance that treatment will be successful. Therefore, through screening and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination, cervical cancer is very preventable.”

In Sierra Leone, according to the release, certain guidelines for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer, are currently not easily available to women.

“In addition, the facilities for implementing these guidelines are also not very accessible to the women who need them. The partnership aims to fill this gap, and to consolidate efforts made by other partners to save the lives of many Sierra Leonean women,” the release states.

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