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    MFS donates $10 000 cervical cancer machine to Gutu Hospital


    TATENDA CHIZU

    GUTU – The Medicins Sans Frontiers, an international medical humanitarian organisation has donated a $10 000 LEEP machine to Gutu Rural Hospital .The Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) machine treats cervical cancer at early stages and this process was only done in Harare.
    Dr Kudzai Masinire who represented the Provincial Medical Director commissioned the machine at a function held at the hospital on Tuesday and attended by numerous dignitaries from all walks of life.
    Masvingo has been bedevilled by cervical  cancer which Dr Masinire said is the second most common cancer in the World. The machine will benefit women in Gutu community for free as MFS will use coupons to pay for the treatment for those screened and found with early stages cancer.
    MSF started screening of cervical cancer in 2015 in six Gutu clinics that are Gutu Rural Hospital, Gutu Mission Hospital, Chimombe Clinic, Mukaro clinic and in those two and half years they screened 10 000 women.
    The machine will service people from Gutu community and it is expected that people will be taken care of by the machine every year.
    MFS said they chose to donate the machine to Gutu Rural Hospital because theirv assesment shows that Gutu was in need.
    The event was attended by Chief Gutu (Edmund Masanganise), DA Vafias Hlabati, District Medical Officer Dr Tapiwa Mupepe, and District Nursing Officer Kachicha.
    "In Masvingo, we have 18 sites offering screening services using a method called visual inspection which uses acetic acid and cervicography (VIAC). In 2017 we screened over 25 000 women in the province but that is not enough. All the women should be screened at once. Gutu is now the leading district in terms of screening for cervical cancer, courtesy assistance of MFS", said Dr Masinire.
    MFS doctor, Dr Severine Caluwaerts said cervical cancer affects young women and there is strong link between HIV and cervical cancer.
    "There is 20 times probability that women with HIV can be affected with cervical cancer. As MFS, we believe that no woman should die of cervical cancer because it can be prevented. Women have to be screened early, they can be protected from developing cervical cancer", she said.
    MFS communications officer, Gloria Ganyani told The Mirror that her organisation has established other projects in Harare, Chipinge, Mwenezi and they donated the same machine to Epworth Hospital in Harare.
    Chief Gutu thanked MFS and said that the coming in of MFS in the district reduced death rates and reduced the spread of HIV and AIDS.
    The Mirror also interviewed one of the community members from Mazongororo Village 2, Annatoria Chinongoza who said as a woman she was happy with the development.
    Prominent poet Abel Mauchi provided entertainment at the function.
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