A new campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting screening tests for cervical cancer, Umdlavuza “Pap Smear” Drive will be launched on Wednesday, 7 March at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban.
The campaign is a joint initiative by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), and other stakeholders.
DATE: Wednesday, 07 March 2018
VENUE: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Plenary Hall 2
The launch is taking place at the 38th National Congress of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG).
As part of the campaign, free Pap smear screening and prevention information will be provided for all eligible women, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital on 21 April.
Eligible women are those who:
- Have never had a Pap smear and are 30 years old and above,
- Had their last Pap smear more than 10 years ago.
- Are HIV infected, and were last screened 3 years ago or not at all.
The team of medical specialists involved in the campaign are hoping to set a record for the most Pap smears performed under one roof in one day.
Chairperson of the campaign and Head of UKZN’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Professor Motshedisi Sebitloane, says regular Pap smears can prevent 90 percent of cervical cancer cases.
Source University of KwaZulu-Natal