Malawi commemorates international childhood cancer day

By: Geoffrey Banda Jnr

Malawians on February 15th joined the rest of the world in commemoration of this year’s childhood cancer day.

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parents of cancer patients

In an interview with The Malawi Star one of the cancer survivors who is also the founder of Cancer Survivors Quest, Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe assured the country that there are possibilities of reducing cancer death if the people can join hands in fight against the disease.

He singled out the need to prioritize cancer awareness campaigns in order to impact people with knowledge about the disease.

Ng’ombe added that many people have lost their lives at early stage of the disease due to ignorance.

A long term childhood cancer survivor, Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1992 but has been cancer free since 1995.

“Many people are dying of cancer because they do not have enough knowledge on how to detect, prevent and treat the disease.

“This day is a special day that is set apart to commemorate the fight against childhood cancers”, said Ng’ombe.

This year’s commemorations were held at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) with support from Sothern Bottlers Company (SOBO).

Cancer patients from hospital children’s Oncology Ward were also graced with a tour to Game Haven for a game drive in Thyolo district.

About 18 kids and 42 adults including doctors, nurses and palliative nurses were in attendance.

 

 

 

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