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Lobby group calls for free cervical cancer treatment

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BY VANESSA GONYE
WOMEN in Law Southern Africa (Wilsa) has called on government to provide free cancer screening and treatment services in the country.

The call came at a time when cases of cervical cancer are on the increase.

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Wilsa national director Fadzai Traquiono yesterday told NewsDay that women, especially those from marginalised communities, were unable to afford cancer treatment, hence the need for free treatment.

“During community awareness campaigns on the rights of women to treatment of cancer, we continuously advocate for free testing and treatment services.

We are also moving towards the agenda of not just getting women tested, but we want government and other institutions to support them with treatment,” she said.

“We urge women to go and get tested for cancer. We are also pleading with the government to consider offering free services so as to accommodate every woman.”

Traquiono also called for the alignment of laws that seek to empower women, especially around land and mining rights.

“We are moving with the sustainable development goal theme of not leaving anyone behind. We feel the legal framework needs to be enhanced, and re-aligned with the Constitution to ensure gender equality,” she said.

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