Bamburi Cement PLC has joined the Ministry of Health, Mombasa County’s Department of Public Health, Kenya Red Cross, USAID and a host of other partners to help eliminate cervical cancer within in Mombasa County.
The collective stakeholder campaign aims to create awareness and lower the prevalence of the killer disease in the region as the country marks the Kenya National Cancer Awareness month.
Cervical cancer ranks as the second most frequent cancer among women in Kenya from the ages of 15 to 44 years. More than 100,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in sub-Saharan Africa and at least 9 succumb to it every day, according to World Health Organisation’s (WHO) HPV Information Center.
Speaking following a Cervical Cancer Awareness Walk in Mombasa County and a handover of assorted medical supplies to the County Government of Mombasa, Bamburi Cement Plc’s Mombasa Plant Manager Deepak Jasujasaid the company is reinforcing its cancer awareness efforts and community health programs in the County.
“As part of our enduring commitment to continue eliminating cancer in the region, we have recently renovated and equipped the Bamburi Cement Cancer Center within the Coast General Hospital which ensures that patients in Mombasa and from across the country have access to specialised cancer treatment and management services,” said Jasuja.
Additionally, the company in collaboration with the Department of Health in Mombasa County has rolled out a two-week free-to-public cervical cancer screening clinic at its Bamburi Cement Staff Clinic in Bamburi Area.
According to Bamburi Cement Plc’s Health Manager Dr. Diana Ruchugo, the initiative’s proactive approach will contribute to reducing disease burdens and advocating for preventive healthcare.
“Early detection and prevention of cervical cancer not only enhances the well-being of our mothers and daughters in the community but also nurtures a healthier community, in accordance with the targets outlined in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. It not only showcases our dedication as Bamburi Cement to social welfare but also tackles a pivotal public health concern related to prevention and health promotion,” said Dr. Ruchugo.
With escalating annual cancer rates at the Coast and around the country, Bamburi Cement Cancer Centre has impacted over 77,000 cancer patients directly since it was unveiled as the first fully-fledged Cancer Centre in the former Coast province and the third in the country. It provides chemotherapy and other cancer-related services.