|National cancer strategy in final stages|
|Saturday, 23 June 2012 19:35|
Zimbabwe is close to finalising the crafting of a national cancer prevention and control strategy (NCRS) which will guide the country’s response to the disease.
The deputy director in the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) department under the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Mrs Clemenciana Bakasa, said the NCRS is expected to be complete by August.
“Globally cancer kills more than seven million people per year, but not much is being done to combat it.
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“The NCRS has all aspects such as prevention, screening, early detection, treatment, palliative care and rehabilitation. It also includes programme strengthening, research and surveillance of cancer.
“The NCRS will unify cancer control and serve as a platform for cancer partners to see where they come in,” said Dr Nyakabau.
“The NCRS will ensure cohesion and co-ordination in cancer interventions. This avoids duplication of roles and activities which will not get us anywhere.