The screening will end on April

Tshering Namgyal

A cervical cancer screening which is halfway in Lhuentse dzongkhag has identified 142 suspected or abnormal cases in the precancerous stage. However, these cases have to be confirmed.

So far, health officials have covered 10 of the 15 health centres including the district hospital covering 1,361 women between ages 25 and 65. The team expects to cover 3,125 women meeting the criteria.

The technicians from the eastern regional referral hospital and dzongkhag hospital, who are conducting the screening are also training the health assistants from nearby health centres.

Health officials said the abnormal cases would be consulted with the gynaecologist who is scheduled to visit the dzongkhag as part of outreach camp to improve reach and follow up interventions in the first week of May.

Along with this, health officials are also conducting breast cancer screening and Non-Communicable Diseases screening at the health centres.

The screening program, which is part of the national health flagship program, began in the second week of March. The remaining five health centres are expected to be complete before April 24.