Wednesday 19 June, 2019

HPV Cervical Screening coming to public health sector

New developments in the health care sector boast a further reduction in the risk of patents developing full blown cancer.

This, as 30 health professionals from the public and private health sector commenced training in the latest cancer management techniques, including colposcopy (microscopic examination of the cervix), using models and high technology equipment.

The Ministry of Health, through the Directorate of Women's Health, launched the three-year project to improve cancer care in Trinidad and Tobago.

This initiative was launched with the North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) in partnership with PSI Caribbean, RICE University, Houston, Texas and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA.

As part of the three-year initiative, a training programme, designed to improve the management of patients with abnormal pap smears, was facilitated by the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) at the state of the art Colposcopy Centre, Mt Hope Women's Hospital.

This is the first time that the new Colposcopy Centre was used for colposcopy training of healthcare workers.

The new training boasts an increase in the early detection rates of cervical cancer, and promises to revolutionise traditional methods of screening currently in use, while at the same time reducing patient waiting time and medical resources.

The project will address a number of critical areas in the fight against cervical cancer over the next three years, including the introduction of HPV Cervical Screening for women throughout the public health sector.

The initiative also promises to significantly improve the management of patients with abnormal pap smears, resulting in minimal intervention for those requiring treatment.

The training is expected to potentially save the lives of countless mothers, daughters, sisters and aunts.

 

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