First Lady Esther Lungu has urged government not to relent in raising awareness on prevention, screening, early detection, treatment and palliative care of cancers.
Speaking when she officiated at the opening of the nursing and cancer care conference organized by Malawi, Zambia and Finland networks in Lusaka today, Mrs Lungu says the prevalence of cancer has significantly increased in Zambia hence becoming a major public health concern.
Mrs. Lungu said it is her desire and that of citizens to receive more information on cancer,its causes, effects as well as preventive measures.
She said that information is often disseminated in the hope that individuals and entities will improve their knowledge base and subsequently make better judgments in future situations.
The First Lady said there is need to scale up of cancer awareness campaigns in order to capture more communities. She said the increased dissemination of cancer related information will create the awareness required for individuals and communities to timely seek interventions that will contribute to reducing the glaring statistics on cancer morbidity.
Mrs. Lungu also commended former First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba for having put Zambia on the world map through her advocacy on cancer awareness.
University Teaching Hospital (UTH) senior medical Superintendent Lackson Kasonka said the country has scored a number of successes in providing health care to cancer patients.
He however said that despite the achievements, the country is still facing a number of challenges in fighting cancer diseases.