The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, has encouraged women to shun stigma and get screened for cancer in order to access treatment at an early stage.

She was speaking in Mhangura, Mashonaland West Province, where more than 200 000 people benefited from the First Lady’s free cervical and breast cancer screening programme.

The free cervical and breast cancer screening campaign programme continues to gather momentum and has moved from provincial to district levels to allow for marginalised communities to benefit.

The First Lady who is also the Ambassador of Health in the country has encouraged women to take advantage of the programme and get screened.

We need to seek medical attention and undergo testing. Our health is important and let’s shun stigma,” said Amai Mnangagwa.

Last week, the first lady took the programme to Manicaland province where many women also benefited from cervical cancer screening.

In Mhangura, apart from the cancer awareness campaign programme, the First Lady took the opportunity to interact with members of the community where issues of domestic violence, rape and child marriages were discussed.

The session was interactive with members of the community getting an opportunity to openly discuss these problematic issues where women are the most affected.