KAYULA Childhood Cancer Foundation (KCCF) executive director Mumba Sata says her foundation will partner with the media to enhance awareness campaigns for early cancer detection throughout Zambia.
Ms Sata said the foundation would partner with the media to initiate campaigns in different schools to create more awareness.
She was speaking at a media breakfast in Lusaka yesterday at which an awareness campaign on cancer affecting children was launched.
She said KCCF had embarked on a project of building a cancer patients' house in Lusaka which would help decongest the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Ms Sata said the house would support parents and caregivers with shelter and other basic needs.
She said it was disheartening to see cancer patients share a bed, which was not healthy, hence the reason for building a transit home.
Ms Sata said the house was expected to be completed in two weeks.
The sensitisation campaign, she said, would help prevent more children from being killed by cancer and related blood disorders.
Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Peter Mwaba said the Government would continue budgeting for cancer treatment to help curb the disease.
Dr Mwaba said about KR10 million was dedicated to the anti-cancer campaign since 2009 and that the fund was increasing yearly.
The Government, he said, had also embarked on an ambitious programme to train medical personnel in using radiography equipment which would be used for detecting cancer.
He said Apex Medical School was training 15 radiographers who would be able to properly use the equipment.
"We have also procured some machines to detect cancer and so far the machines have been installed in all provincial centres," Dr Mwaba said.
The equipment would help in early diagnosis of the disease and would lead to high chances of patients surviving.
The permanent secretary said people should be equipped with knowledge, human resource and equipment to help eliminate the disease.
He said the upgrading of other equipment was underway in provincial centres like Livingstone, Ndola and Kitwe and that the installation of city scanners was scheduled for completion by the end of June, this year.
Dr Mwaba said it was important that community initiatives of fighting childhood cancer were brought to light because the Government was willing to support the fight against cancer and improve the livelihood of children inflicted with the disease.