Fiona Ruzha, H-Metro Reporter
FIRST Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa yesterday handed over cervical cancer screening machines and officially launched the National Aids Council 2019 HIV, AIDS and Cancer Prevention Golf Drive at Chapman Golf Club.
Amai Mnangagwa handed over 16 latest truscreen cervical cancer machines from the proceeds of the NAC HIV, AIDS and Cancer Prevention Golf Drive tournament held in 2017 and 2018.
The annual tournament, which is expected to start next month, is aimed at raising resources for the scaling up of the integrated response to HIV and cancer.
Speaking as the guest of honour, Amai Mnangagwa said this year’s tournament is special for it will conclude in October which happens to be the breast cancer awareness month.
“The National Aids Council 2019 HIV, AIDS and Cancer Prevention Golf Drive is a noble initiative whose results we have already witness through the handing over of 16 cervical cancer screening machines that were procured through funds raised from the previous golf tournament.
“These machines will complement already available national services, while also expanding healthcare as they have multi-purpose capabilities such as screening and management of pregnancy,” she said.
“This tournament is special in that it also underlines the importance of integrating HIV and cancer services.
“I am told that HIV testing and cervical cancer screening services shall be available during the course of the tournament with particular focus on the elite who are very difficult to reach with HIV and AIDS services due to their tight business and personal schedules.
“Therefore, I hope they will take advantage of these services for their personal health and that of their families.”