Christian Family Organization (CFO) district officers from the Ecclesiastical District of Koronadal City, South Cotabato conducted a cervical cancer prevention awareness seminar on May 17, 2021.
As the Department of Health (DOH), Philippines’ primary health agency, declared May as Cervical Cancer Prevention Awareness month, the CFO in the district endeavored to impart knowledge about the disease, most importantly, how to prevent it, to the Buklod and KADIWA members.
The seminar was held at the Local Congregation of Morales and streamed live to other local congregations in the district.
The activity aimed to remind the brethren, especially women, about the serious effect of the disease. It called attention to the DOH’s declaration that cervical cancer affects more than 7,000 Filipina annually and that more than 3,000 die each year and the World Health Organization (WHO) findings that it afflicts women around the world with 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year.
Lilien Gonio, Buklod member and a head nurse in the Ob-Gyne department in a hospital in Koronadal City facilitated the seminar. She taught the brethren about the causes, symptoms, and things to do to prevent having cervical cancer.
“It is important that our sisters in the faith have the right knowledge of how to care about their health care. We know certainly that cervical cancer is the second cancer that a woman often has,” said Gonio.
She added, “It can be avoided with the correct knowledge, regular consulting, annual pap smear, vaccination, and having a strong immune system.”
The brethren thanked the Church Administration, especially women from both Buklod and KADIWA organizations in the district, for the benefits the seminar brings for their wellness. ― With reports from INC News Section