Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals is inviting 1 000 women to register for a chance to undergo free cervical cancer screening through a partnership between the hospital and a Chinese hospital called Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital.

Cervical cancer accounts for one third of all cancer cases in Zimbabwe and is the leading cause of cancer deaths among women.

Parirenyatwa Hospital will be conducting a free cervical cancer screening camp and registration of women aged 25 to 65 years commenced yesterday.

According to the Sister-in-Charge of the family planning clinic, 64 women had registered to take part in the programme by today mid morning.

When the ZBC News crew visited the clinic, a number of women were waiting to be registered. 

Camp leader, gynaecologist and colposcopy expert Dr Ndabaningi Simango said they will be using a new technology called HPV testing which is very efficient in detecting the human papilomma virus which leads to cancerous cells developing in a woman’s cervix.

Currently, cervical cancer screening methods that are being used in the country include the pap smear method and the visual inspection acetic acid test commonly known as viac.

The Chinese experts from Hunan Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital are bringing in more equipment and accessories for the HPV cervical cancer screening camp and setting up of equipment in one of the rooms to be used during the camp is almost complete.

Women who have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past three years and who have no symptoms of the disease are eligible to register for the free camp.

Registration commenced yesterday the 10th and is running until the 27th of this month at Parirenyatwa Hospital Family Planning Clinic, located at the Mbuya Nehanda Maternity section.