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POTRAZ Commemorates World And Child Cancer Day

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Director General (DG) of Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) Dr Gift Machengete led commemorations of World Cancer Day and Child Cancer Day through a power walk towards Cancer awareness yesterday.

  • The walk was in solidarity with Cancer awareness  which however started from Marlborough Civil Centre through, Malbereign shops ending at POTRAZ HQ for the official ceremony.

REMARKS BY POTRAZ DIRECTOR GENERAL DR G. K. MACHENGETE ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD CANCER DAY AND CHILD CANCER DAY COMMEMORATIONS – 18 FEBRUARY 2022 are as follows

“The Deputy Director General, Mr Alfred Marisa

POTRAZ Directors here present

POTRAZ management and staff

Representatives from the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe here present

Representatives from Kidzcan here present

Members of the fourth estate, Ladies and Gentlemen
A new case of cancer is diagnosed in the world every 9 seconds, according to the world Health Organisation. This means that, since I started addressing you, one new case may already have been diagnosed somewhere in the world. By the end of my remarks here today, there could be 100 more cases. This is truly alarming.

Children too are not spared from this menacing disease as according to the World Health Organisation, a child is diagnosed with cancer every 3 minutes. This is truly disheartening.

In Zimbabwe, I am informed, 250 children succumb to cancer each year and that figure is tenfold in adults. This is a grave cause for concern and we surely need to turn these alarming statistics around. We can only achieve this if we all put our hands on the deck.

On our part and in our small way, POTRAZ has found it befitting to contribute to cancer awareness among staff, community members and the nation at large by engaging in a 5km power walk as a way of belatedly commemorating World Cancer Day and World Child Cancer Day, which were held on the 4th and 15th of February 2022, respectively.

May I from the very onset thank our partners in this endeavour, the Cancer Association of Zimbabwe, KidzCan and the media, for your support and for a sterling job in the fight against cancer over the years. However, let me hasten to say cancer is no longer just the responsibility of the health sector, cancer associations or the media. We now need collaboration across all sectors in raising awareness about the various types of cancer.

Awareness is the central mantra by which cancer can be effectively fought. This is because, while we encourage early detection of cancer as a way of saving lives, without awareness to this, then the cause is but lost. Without awareness about the common causes of cancer, without awareness about the common symptoms of cancer, without awareness about where to find treatment, people would continue developing cancers, getting diagnosed late and accessing treatment late, if at all.

Ladies and Gentlemen, a cancer diagnosis does not only affect the patient, it also affects families, friends, colleagues and even organisations – in fact, everyone and everything near the patient is caught up in that horrendous wave. Cancer does not distinguish between religions or race, sex or age, and that is why we all need to join forces, to make a difference, especially if one looks at the stark numbers looming in the future which suggest cancer cases will double world over by 2035.

While we have screening programs for cervical and breast cancer which have changed the realities of these diseases, leading to much better survival outcomes, most cancers go undetected until they have reached untreatable stages. This usually affects people in remote rural areas who do not have access to information and easy access to treatment.

As the ICT Regulator, POTRAZ has set up community information centres in rural areas and this program is ongoing. Such centres could be utilised to access critical health information such as information about cancer. The Authority is also working closely with the Ministry of Health on e-health projects, which may also go a long way in promoting early detection of cancer. Maximising the potential of e-health would help reduce inequalities in health delivery. This would see rural communities receiving treatment against cancer and other diseases faster, in line with Government’s vision of not leaving anyone behind.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have deliberately made my remarks short as I know you are all clamouring to grab some refreshments after the power walk. Let me conclude by thanking you all once again for your contribution in raising cancer awareness.”

WORLD CANCER DAY AND CHILD CANCER DAY was commemorated through the POWERWALK from
Marlborough shopping centre to POTRAZ HQ.

Instructions and guidelines were given by Sister Sithole with a photoshoot at start point.Marlborough Civic Centre through Waterpoint/medical point stop – Kwamanyopora as Ceaphas and Fungai guided the team 

The End of Powerwalk at POTRAZ HQ saw DISTRIBUTION OF TECHNOLOGY GIFTs.

Potraz leadership in the power walk saw Percy leading their media crew as well as welcome remarks by Mrs S Muteyiwa.

Cancer still has no cure in the world but early detection can help it’s treatment and save lives.

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