By Confidente Reporter
“EDUCATION is the key to success and equipping you, our primary health care practitioners in Namibia, with the needed skills and knowledge to fight cancer remains one of our core objectives”.
This was said by Cancer Association of Namibia CEO, Rolf Hansen last week as he welcomed 15 nursing staff and student nurses at the Nkarapamwe Clinic in Rundu as part of a training programme on cancer screening.
The educational development programme forms part of the National Cancer Outreach Programme that is funded by the annual Cancer Ball of Namibia; this year to be hosted in August.
The Kavango outreaches impacted the lives of communities in the Mupini Village and Rundu main areas, while nurses from various village clinics in the region were invited to take part in the two-day training and development programme which primarily focused on Pap smear, breast examinations and prostate cancer screening.
“A multidisciplinary approach is needed to fight cancer in our country and therefore we need to equip our primary healthcare providers with the skills necessary to create awareness, educate and communicate on lifestyle changes that can support the war on cancer,” explained Sister Christy Kavetuna of the association.
The Kavango and Zambezi regions are most affected by especially cervical cancer, while lymphoma cancers and Kaposi sarcomas are very common due to high HIV prevalence rates.
The Cancer Association of Namibia aims to impact as many lives as possible through the outreach programmes by hosting community clinics.
Screening programmes that are offered free to 100 Namibians per outreach point include Pap smears, breast examinations and rapid PSA-testing (prostate cancer) with family history clinical counselling on prostate cancer. Referrals are then made as needed to referral state hospitals.
Nursing staff are also trained and tested in accordance with CAN guidelines approved by the Health Professional Council to ensure quality screening by medical procedure.
The training programmes will continue as the Cancer Association of Namibia will be in the !Karas region during April.
Keetmanshoop will be visited on April 2 & 3 April; Aus will be visited on 6 April; while community clinics and training in Lüderitz will be hosted on April 7 & 8 April.
Oranjemund will be visited on April 9 – 11.
Karasburg and Aroab areas will be visited as part of a secondary outreach during October this year.
Outreaches to the four O regions in the North, Erongo and Kunene will follow during the second half of the year
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