The Ministry of Health launched the implementation of the first phase of comprehensive package of cervical cancer screening camp on 27th December 2019 in Thimphu. His Excellency, Hon’ble Prime Minister graced the event as the Chief Guest. Parliamentarians, Dzongdags, Dzongkhag Tshongdu Thrizins, UN partners, Senior Government officials, Civil Society Organizations and Health care providers were present at the event.
An operational guideline of screening cervical and breast cancers, and pelvic organ proplapse along with roles of stakeholders and IEC materials was launched by His Excellency, Hon’ble Prime Minister. During the launch, Letter of Understanding between Ministry of Health and Civil Society organization like Bhutan Cancer Society, Bhutan Nuns Foundation and RENEW was signed to outline roles of each stakeholder and ensure support delivery during the camp. In addition, the Letter of Commitment was signed between Ministry of Health and Dasho Dzongdags, and Dzongkhag Tshogdu Thrizins of the three districts to ensure support during the implementation of the camp in their respective districts.
The implementation of first phase of the comprehensive cervical cancer screening camp will start in three Dzongkhags (Punakha, Bumthang and Mongar Dzongkhags) starting from first week of January 2020. The three dzongkhags has been prioritized based on the current coverage data and incidence. All eligible women between 25-65 years will be provided a comprehensive packages of services including, NCD screening, cervical cancer screening, clinical breast examination, screening for Pelvic organ prolapse, STI screening and information on gender based violence and domestic violence prevention. The implementation of comprehensive package of cervical cancer screening in the three districts is supported by UNFPA.