World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa needs more investment in the health sector to close gaps that exist in the fight against cancer.
WHO Malawi Country Representative, Neema Kimambo, said this during the opening of the 5th Cancer Symposium in Lilongwe organised by the University of North Carolina ( UNC) Malawi Project aimed at sharing notes and ideas on the cancer fight.
“Most African countries including Malawi are losing people due to late reporting to hospitals hence it becomes difficult to treat advanced cases. Myths too act as a barrier because the moment signs and symptoms are seen some connect with their beliefs that is why there is a need for more awareness and investments to improve cancer care services among the people,” Kimambo said.
In her keynote address, Deputy Minister of Health, Halima Daudi, indicated that the country is on course in the fight against the disease.
“Come next year people will start receiving improved care services upon completion of the Cancer Centre,” said Daudi.