5 000 cancer cases diagnosed annually: Moyo

HEALTH and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo last week told Senate that over 5 000 cases of cancer of all types were diagnosed in Zimbabwe annually.


“Currently, over 5 000 new cancer diagnoses of all types are made here in Zimbabwe annually, but experience has shown us that this is just the tip of the iceberg as many cancers are not captured by the routine national health information system, because the patients do not present themselves for treatment or register deaths,” Moyo said.

“Of those who do report, the majority are already at an advanced stage of disease, with limited access to screening,” he said.

Moyo said the current cancer treatment and palliation services in the country were unable to meet demand.

He said the known causes of cancer were based on lifestyles, food, alcohol, smoking and physical activity. Pollution also accounts for about 2% of all cancers, while 80% are due to environmental factors, Moyo added.

The minister said the most common types were prostate cancer in men and cervical and breast cancers in women.

Moyo said hereditary cancers, mainly breast, ovarian, colon, rectal or prostate account for 5% to 10% of all the cancers.

He said the low survival rates of cancer patients were because of lack of access to early detection and treatment.

Moyo said Zimbabwe’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR), which is said to have dropped to 651 deaths per 100 000 live births from the previous 960 deaths per 100 000 (2011) live births, remains unacceptably high.

He said Zimbabwe failed to meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goal target on MMR, but was now strengthening maternal systems in the country to bring the figure down to at least 70 deaths per 100 000 live births.

Moyo said the interventions included health education for antenatal women, and removal of user fees for maternity services, which is being implemented in all public health facilities, as well as involvement of community-based health care workers, improving infrastructure, resources and services which women access while staying in maternal homes, for example, the measurement of blood pressure, fetal heart beat checks, and urinalysis.

He said his is also striving to strengthen the referral system for pregnant women.


  1. Comment…Obadiah Moyo is well known in the musical cycles as Dj Biscuit who used to perform at the Spillway at Lake Chivero. His preferred musiic is reggae and dagga smoking. He rebranded himself as Dr Obadiah Moyo but failed to us which university he attended. He is a quack.

  2. Killion Dzirotwi

    It is now difficult to pay attention to Obadiah Moyo. Once one sees Moyo one starts to think that the chap is a fraudster with fake medical qualifications. The continued employment of the chap is really untenable as he has lost respect from society. Even the donor community is uneasy to deal with Moyo knowing that he is a cheat. The tragedy is that Moyo’s health ministry is 95% dependent on donor support. The tragedy unfolding in the health sector is attributable to the Obadiah Moyo factor.


    There is nothing wrong about loving reggae music and smocking cannabis .Every man has a right to do as he pleases.The matter is to legalise cannabis for cancer treatment .Remember cancer is a billion dollar industry to the Big Pharma, however to escape the trap cannabis should be put into maximum use.

    1. Denis Munyaradzi

      What is wrong is that Obadiah is a crook who forged his qualifications. Can people trust such a crook to lead such an important Ministry? No, no no! Obadiah Moyo must go home and grow sweet potatoes or else go to Chikurubi for forgery.

  4. Comment…@united we conquer, Bob Marley died of cancer despite being a ganja smoker,and did Joseph Hill of the group Culture. Obadiah Moyo is a quack and should be in Chikurumbi for criminal abuse of office. Lets be factual.

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