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Women should shed inhibition, says Thanjavur Collector

Thanjavur: Women should be motivated to shed their inhibitions and volunteer themselves for early detection of disease like cervical cancer, said C. Vijayaraj Kumar, Thanjavur Collector, here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a sensitisation workshop on cervical cancer screening pilot project being implemented in the district, he said the biggest challenge in the successful implementation of the project lied in understanding the social set up and making women come forward to check ups.

"Non-governmental organisations have an important role to play as they have to move with women at the village level and motivate them to have a check up."

The project should be viewed as a socio economic programme and not merely as a health programme, the Collector said. NGOs for the implementation of the project had already been selected. The NGOs would give training to volunteers who were selected one per sub centre area having a population of 5000 people, he said.

"The volunteers will visit villages and motivate women in the age group of 30 to 60 to have a medical check up."

According to statistics presented at the workshop, with respect to prevalence, cervical cancer occupies third place among various types of cancers in the world. Every year, 1,26,000 women die of cervical cancer in the world. Out of them 80 per cent belongs to the developing countries. In India cervical cancer prevalence was 20 to 50 per cent. In Tamil Nadu, the incidence of cervical cancer is more.

P.W.C. Davidar, director of the project, and other officials also spoke.