The government has been urged to come up with a lasting solution to address cancer, which has claimed many lives.

The call was made at the funeral of Mrs Sylvia Mugwisi, the wife of Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Public Relations Director, Colonel Overson Mugwisi.

Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at the One Commando Funeral Parlor for a funeral service of Mrs Mugwisi who succumbed to cancer.

Addressing mourners, the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Marry Chiwenga, who is also the Chairperson of Mushamukadzi, challenged the government to set aside a fund that can be used for cancer treatment.

She said cancer has proved to be another big problem for the nation, adding that it requires an urgent attention by the government.

Relatives and friends described Mrs Mugwisi as a hardworking and humble person.

Mrs Mugwisi lost her battle to cancer on Monday at West End Hospital in Harare and is survived by her husband, three children and a grandchild.