The ambassador of health, First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has launched a cancer screening camp at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.

The clinic was equipped by the Chinese government.

Statistics by the Ministry of Health and Child Care revealed that Harare has the highest number of women diagnosed with cancer and 13 percent of them succumb to the disease.

The establishment of a cancer screening camp at Parirenyatwa Hospital is expected to reduce loss of life through cancer.

The First Lady said there is a possibility of reducing the spread of cancer through the adoption of the latest technology which is being used by developed nations.

Amai Mnangagwa who is the health ambassador applauded the Chinese government for their continued partnership with the Zimbabwean government.

“Harare tops the number of women found with cancer accounting for 13 percent of all cancer deaths. The developed world has managed to fight cancer and 275 000 cancer cases are found in developing countries and lack of resources being the major cause. There is a tea possibility to eliminate cancer and more sensitive screening is also at our disposal and high prevalence rate is not only said to be the best but the least demanding in terms of cancer treatments,” she said.

The Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Guo Shaochun said his government will continue supporting Zimbabwe and pledged to capacitate local doctors through training programmes to ensure there is an increase in the number of specialist services.

“Doctors are invited to China for further training programmes. Prosperity of any nation depends on the health of women and the screening programme will go a long way in achieving this,” he said.

Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo assured the nation that those diagnosed with cancer will get all the necessary treatment.

“As the ministry we will ensure all those people who go for screening and are found to be cancer positive receive the necessary treatment,” he said.

Globally, about 275 000 people are diagnosed with cancer and 80 percent of these patients are from developing nations.

The statistics are an indication that increased capacity through specialist services and use of state of the art equipment will reduce cancer.

The First Lady has championed free cervical and breast screening programmes in Zimbabwe and thousands of people have benefited across the country.