FMPS hosts its 1st International Congress
Smoothens the platform to curb cervical cancer
Dschang UDs/SIC-29/03/18. National and international actors for the fight against cervical cancer held the 9th International congress on cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa hosted by the young Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences from the 29th to 30th March 2018. This two day congress brought together over 150 participants from the medical field to brainstorm and share vital information on the dreaded health danger of cervical cancer in women. During the launching ceremony of the congress, the Vice Chancellor represented by the Deputy Vice, Prof Mpoame Mbida ,welcomed all participants to the congress and highlighted the location of the congress was serene for proper reflection on health issues. He thanked the organizers for choosing the university and eulogized the tributes paid to late Prof Anderson Sama Doh. The VC stated that statistics prove cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women in 45 countries in the world. Stressing that cervical cancer kills more women than any other form of cancer in 55 countries this include many countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Stating that in 2012, 528,000 cases of cervical cancer was diagnosed worldwide; of these a large majority of about 85 % occurred in less developed regions. In the same year 266,000 women died of cervical cancer worldwide almost 9 out of every 10 of these lived and died to low and middle income earning countries. In contrast 35000 or just one of every ten of these women died in high income countries the reason is relatively to the lack of effective prevention measures. The Vice chancellor hoped that at the end of the forum, vital recommendations should be gotten on the prevention and the most efficient means of treatment adapted to the health pyramid of the continent and why not the eradication of cervical cancer .It is hoped that the resolutions after the congress should seek ways of reducing the world statistics and that of the sub-region in question. The scientific reputation of the participants is a convincing yardstick that the objectives of the congress will be attained, the VC added. The exchanges during the working sessions of congress will obviously rob minds on possible way of curbing or treating the cervical cancer in sub- Saharan Africa and the faculty of medicine is proud to be pivotal to such a realization./