|Jasmine thanking the kitchen staff|
Sr Sue is one of the nurses working at Parirenyatwa Hospital. She gave the lecture on lymphoedema. Proud, Thembie and Loice took us through the exercises. Sue also arranged for us to have the session on examination of the breast in the school of nursing. It made the clinical situation far more realistic. A lot of men attended the course. They volunteered as patients and we were fortunate enough to have 2 patients.
In the afternoon, we had a discussion on what can be done to increase awareness in the community. Many interesting ideas came out of the discussion. There has been a lot of work done to target HIV positive patients and many women attend for cervical screening regularly. Many nurses felt we should look at how that has been achieved. Can a similar programme be run to increase breast cancer awareness and can the stigma attached to having cancer be challenged.
Zimbabweans pay an HIV tax. Is cancer becoming a big enough problem to justify a cancer tax?
|Tholakela Khumalo and Ms Prisca Mupfumira|
The course has been generally sponsored by many people. I will list them all in the next few blogs. To start with a few, Dr Costa Maonei has been present for the whole week and represents Novartis. They paid for our transport and accommodation. We would also like to thank CIMAS, Pathcare, Sky Pharmaceuticals and the catering department!
|Anna and myself at the opening ceremony|
|The opening ceremony|