St Alberts Mission Hospital in Centenary held an awareness campaign on the prevention and early detection of cancer in memory of the late Dr Elizabeth Tarira who succumbed to breast cancer in 2012.

The burden of cancer in Zimbabwe is now a grim reality, amid revelations that the non-communicable disease has overtaken HIV and AIDS as the top killer.

The late Dr Elizabeth Tarira, who was the hospital’s first resident doctor, arrived in 1983, becoming the hospital’s director in 1999.

She however succumbed to breast cancer in 2012 and left a US$10 500 grant for cancer patients at the hospital.

Addressing the gathering at the event, speaker after speaker spoke highly of Dr Tarira’s dedication to her work and the health and wellbeing of the surrounding communities.

They also took time to teach people about cancer which has become a health problem in the country.

Given the impact of cancer on communities, it is critical for the government and relevant stakeholders to enhance awareness, while working towards the establishment of cancer treatment centres that provide comprehensive prevention, care and treatment.