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OCCT embarks on country tour for Cervical Cancer awareness

Organizer of Ouma Cycling Charity Tour (OCCT) Ouma Rammidi has embarked on her annual cycling tour which aims to raise awareness on Cervical Cancer. The tour which started at St Joseph’s College on the 8th May is expected to cover 69 villages addressing Batswana in public platforms such as kgotlas, schools, churches, organizations, clubs, societies, government institutions and corporates around the country.

Speaking at the launch of the tour at Ministry of Health and Wellness Headquarters, Rammidi said their main aim is to eradicate Cervical Cancer since it is preventable if detected at an early stage. She described the tour as a personal commitment towards her mother, her country and her God. “This disease robbed me of my mother at an early age, I had to grow up quickly”, she said. This, she said inspired her to start the tour which is now in its fifth year in an aim to raise awareness and change lives. She said that it is unfortunate that many women lose their lives due to this disease, “but it is curable if detected early”. She added that this year they are focused more on preventative methods and intensive cancer screenings such as pap smears, HIV and Diabetes in some selected villages along the route. She called on communities to support them as they will be embarking on this journey.

In her remarks Chief Health Officer, Child Health Division, Ms. Ndibo Monyatsi stated that as the ministry they are grateful for the support from OCCT stating that they can’t fight the disease alone as the health ministry. She said that Cervical Cancer is the leading cause of death amongst women adding that in 3847 cases of Cervical Cancer patients in Botswana 50% of women end up losing their lives. She said that if diagnosed early Cervical Cancer is curable and that people should have their children vaccinated for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to prevent cervical cancer. Read more...

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