CAN clinical services resume

07 January 2021 | Health

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) announced that it will resume clinical services.

“We cannot allow another year of Covid-19 to keep us from our mission to fight cancer in Namibia,” said CAN chief executive officer, Rolf Hansen.

“We lost an entire year of outreaches and clinics in rural Namibia. Therefore, we ask and expect Namibians to fully comply with regulations to keep all safe and healthy at outreach clinics. Still, we urge women to go for cancer screening and report any irregularities. Breast and cervical cancer diagnoses and deaths are still a serious and very costly threat. We must continue to fight cancer in Namibia.”

Dates and venues

• Thursday 14 January: CAN Medical Centre (90 John Meinert Street in Windhoek). Bookings: MJ at 061 237 740.
• Wednesday, 20 January: CAN Erongo Centre (3C Ferdinand Stich Street in Swakopmund). Bookings: 064 461 271.
• Thursday, 21 January: Kuisebmond and Narraville. Bookings: 064 461 271,
• 25 to 29 January: Rehoboth, Stampriet, Aranos, Mariental and Kalkrand.
• 2 to 4 February: Omahake region.
For the remainder of February, CAN will be focused on Zambezi and Okavango regions. Further regional visits will be announced in due course.

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is celebrated on 4 February. This year wraps up the 3-year international campaign “#I AM and #I WILL” as developed by CAN’s global partner, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC).

“Correct reporting on cancer remains a global challenge, especially in developing nations,” Hansen said. “I am thankful to our amazing media fraternity who have walked the journey of quality reporting on this disease, to not only break the stigma, but also help impact lives affected by cancer. Your inspirational support has touched so many lives, allowed us to reach out into communities, and most important – we have managed to change the mindset of especially younger Namibians who thought ‘cancer is an old-persons disease’.”

During an engagement scheduled at the CAN offices on Thursday, 4 February, Sr. Aina Nghitongo, CAN’s head of medical, will share feedback on some community engagements, statistics and data on the organisation’s HPV-screening programme, highlighting the importance of cervical screening to save lives.

At the same event, Hansen will also be talking about CAN’s outreach programme for the year as well as the envisaged support programmes CAN will extend to the Dr AB May Cancer Care Centre of the Windhoek Central Hospital (MoHSS) this year.

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