Written by Tah Peter Fomonyuy
With additional funds raised by Drs. Thomas and Edith Welty, the Life Abundant Primary Healthcare programme (LAP) and the Women’s Health Programme (WHP) Banso for the first time have successfully screened women for Cervical Cancer using CareHPV Test Technology at Lang Primary Health Centre (PHC) in Oku from May 4-5, 2016.
Following the screening, some 206 women out of over 400 that turned out self-collected their specimens for testing using the aforementioned technology at Baptist Hospital Mutengene (BHM). The results were expected to be out in a month’s time.
The WHP Coordinator for Banso Baptist Hospital (BBH), Ms. Futuh Beatrice says even though the collection of samples/specimens and further testing using CareHPV Test Technology are completely free of charge, those who test positive will have to pay a sum of FCFA 12,000 for further testing and treatment. Quizzed, Ms. Futuh told our journalist that they ran out of test kits, and will have to complete the screening sometime in June 2016 when the test kits are available.
LAP Administrator, Mr. Kakute Peter remarked that the screening at Lang PHC was a dream come true as it marks the pilot phase of a project that will see all LAP Primary Health Centres screened for cervical cancer using the CareHPV Test Technology. He marvelled at the massive turnout of women in Lang, Oku, stating that the screening is timely. He added that the second stage of the pilot phase of the screening will take place at Njinijou PHC.
A Laboratory Technician from BBH accompanied the team to Lang where HIV screening was equally carried out. Some 229 persons were tested and 4 came out to be HIV positive while one was undetermined. The positive cases were immediately handed over to Lang PHC staff for follow-up and initiation on ARVs at the Jikijem Baptist Health Centre.