Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has received cervical cancer screening equipment worth more than US$500,000 from a Chinese hospital, a development expected to reduce the burden of the disease in the country.

Zimbabwe is faced with a huge challenge to combat cervical cancer with figures showing that four women die each day due to the non-communicable disease.

China’s Hunan Provincial Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, which is carrying out free cervical cancer screening targeting 1000 women at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals has donated the new technology called HPV testing to Parirenyatwa group of hospitals. The technology is said to be efficient in detecting the human papilomma virus (HPV) which leads to cancerous cells developing in a woman’s cervix.

Speaking during the official opening of the early screening and treatment camp and equipment donation at Parirenyatwa Hospital, the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa said lack of resources including advanced equipment for screening and detection of cervical cancer are among the reasons why the country continues to grapple with the challenge.

Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Huang Ping said they will continue working together with the Zimbabwean government in addressing some of the health challenges currently faced.

According to statistics from the Cancer Registry, Zimbabwe records at least 5000 new cases of cancer per annum and cervical cancer accounts for one third of all cancer cases in the country.