In an effort to eradicate cervical cancer, Jharkhand government has launched a drive to focus more on screening of suspected cases and to prevent spread of the disease with early detection and diagnosis.
Jharkhand has 23 Sadar Hospitals, of which regular screening for cervical cancer would be done at 11 Sadar Hospitals at Ranchi, Khunti, Hazaribagh, Giridih, Koderma, Deoghar, Godda, Dumka,Jamtara and Pakur .
The state health department has also fixed screening targets for district hospitals.
Cervical cancer — a tumour of the cervix or the lowermost part of the uterus — can be prevented if treated on time.
“On an average, 185 women die of cervical cancer everyday,” according to Dr Bharati Kashyap, president of the women doctors’ wing of the local branch of Indian Medical Association, who is involved in the initiative.
“But the cancer takes up to 10 years to blow up fully and, as such, enough time is available for preventing it from spreading further if diagnosed at an early stage and treated properly,” she said.
Early screening and vaccinating the symptomatic women would help achieve the purpose, she added.