Source: University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital…..
The Board of Administration of the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex (USLTHC) will on International Women’s Day 8th March, 2021partner with other stakeholders to officially launch a pilot cervical cancer screening programme at the USLTHC-Jui Hospital otherwise known as the Sierra Leone-China Friendship Hospital on the outskirts of Freetown.
Below is the Media Advisory with details of the programme issued by USLTHC and the Secretariat should therefore be contacted for more information or to book pre-event interviews.
INTRODUCTION OF CERVICAL CANCER SCREENING PILOT PROGRAMME
The Board of Administration of 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.
Currently, the partnership is with Ramsy Medical Laboratory and Well Woman Clinic, which are reputable institutions working in the areas of laboratory medicine and women’s reproductive health respectively. However, USLTHC looks forward to forming a wider partnership with other interested organizations and agencies.
The programme hopes to reach women from various walks of life, encourages women to include cervical screenings as part of their regular/routine health checks, and saves lives through early detection of Cervical Cancer.
Cervical Cancer 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, 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.
For more information or to book pre-event interviews, please contact:-
1. Prof Babatunde Duduyemi, Consultant Pathologist, USLTHC; 232 (0)74 655847
2. Ms. Wachen Peters, Technical Director, Ramsy Medical Laboratories; +232 (0) 79 813946
3. Mrs. Tina Davies OBE, Reproductive Health Consultant, Well Woman Clinic; 232 (0)79 623439
1. Dr. Sonia Spencer, Chairperson, Board of Administration, USLTHC; 232 (0) 88 604680
2. Mrs. Jennifer Renner-Thomas, CEO, Well Woman Clinic; Tel. 232 (0)78 670888