Cancer, diabetes fight escalates

​Health minister David Parirenyatwa

Government will resort to utilising resources mobilised through the compulsory Aids Levy to fight the cancer scourge that continues to ravage society. It is estimated that 7 000 Zimbabweans are diagnosed of cancer every year. 
Speaking at World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) underway in Uruguay this week, Health and Child Care minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, said Zimbabwe would put measures to fight NCDs such as cancer and diabetes.
 "What we have been able to do is to put up a levy, an Aids Levy, where we take three percent of the taxable income of every worker. We put it into an Aids Levy, but we know that Aids is related now to cancers, so we are now using that Aids Levy also for cancers, especially for drug treatment and diagnostics," said Parirenyatwa.
Meanwhile, the Anglican parish of St James in Warren Park, Harare, will host a free breast cancer screening day on Saturday as part of the country's October breast cancer awareness campaign. The screening will be done during the parish's medical outreach aimed at providing free medical treatment to Harare citizens. The medical outreach will be running under the theme "St James Warren Park responds to human need by loving service".
Reverend Edwin Selemani from the church was quoted saying that the medical outreach is targeting the less privileged around the city.
"The outreach is targeting the less privileged, starting with those in the immediate community of Warren Park. We have opened the church doors to non-Anglicans and to other communities like St Pauls Highfield, Kambuzuma, Kuwadzana, Chitungwiza, Rugare and many more. The parish also partners the nation in the breast cancer awareness campaign in this month of October. Thus, breast cancer screening facilities are also going to be in place for free," he said.
"We have more than 20 dentists, two specialists and five general practitioners coming on voluntary basis on this day. Medication will be provided free of charge courtesy of our partners." 
CITIMED, Chitungwiza Hospital, Suburban Medical Centre, Rotary International and African Health Community Trust will partner the church during the exercise.-Online. LOCAL

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