Free Pap smear test and cancer awareness camp- Chhomrong, Nepal

 

Maya Outreach organised a Pap Smear test on 30 March 2018 at height of 2177 meter with help of Chhomrong Ama Samuha and technically help from Pokhara Arogya Kendra and Pokhara Cancer Care Pokhara. 
2 senior doctors Dr Krishna Murari Adhikari, Physician of Manipal Teaching Hospital and Dr Kripa Sherchan, Gynologist of Gandaki Teaching Hospital along with Dr Barsha Pratap intern from Manipal Teaching Hospital. 

Maya Outreach organised a Pap Smear test on 30 March 2018 at height of 2177 meter with help of Chhomrong Ama Samuha and technically help from Pokhara Arogya Kendra and Pokhara Cancer Care Pokhara. 
2 senior doctors Dr Krishna Murari Adhikari, Physician of Manipal Teaching Hospital and Dr Kripa Sherchan, Gynologist of Gandaki Teaching Hospital along with Dr Barsha Pratap intern from Manipal Teaching Hospital. Technically supported by 3 nurses from Pokhara Cancer Care Ms. Regina Thakuri, Ms. Sanshriti Parajuli and Ms. Sushmita Chettri. 

More than 80 villagers were checked by Dr. Adhikari where as Dr. Sherchan checked and took samples of Pap smear of around 50 Women’s from Chhomrong and villages around as Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bhanua, Naya Gaun, Tilche, Jhinu, Daulu, Romey, Salafu.
Cervical Cancer is second highest disease among women in Nepal and is curable if were identified during first stage of Cancer according to Dr Sherchan. 
Dr. Adhikari found mostly villagers were having issues with blood pressure and need to be medicined on time to avoid and mishaps in future. He also made aware about other type of cancers and their symptoms.
Villagers were given opportunity to interact with doctors and they fully utilised the time asking about various issues they had. 
Mrs. Mim Kumari Gurung who is president of Chhomrong Ama Samuha thanked Maya Outreach members Mrs Kanti Gurung Shrestha and Mr. Anup Shrestha who came representing Maya Outreach and all doctors and nurses for contributing their valuable time in serving a lot of villagers. 
Mrs. Purna Gurung secretary of Chhomrong Ama Samuha was very amazed to see such huge participation from the villagers.
Mrs. Kanti Gurung added that all villagers have been to Pokhara and Kathmandu to do various tests but never been to Cancer Care centres to check Pap smear. Like every person spend money to buy new clothes, every individual must also devote their time and money to be conscious about their health. 

A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus that's at the top of vagina.

Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these abnormal cells early with a Pap smear is the first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer.

Maya outreach which is UK based charity has been organising various awareness camps and various tests related to cancer. 

PAP Smear screening -Pokhara 2014.
Pap Smear screening -Manmaiju Kathmandu 2015
Oral Cancer screening- Pokhara 2016 
Stoma care & its management training session with Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital- Bhaktapur 2016

Chhomrong (2177m) is a village in the Annapurna area of Nepal and a popular overnight stop for those walking the Annapurna sanctuary trek. The village is spread over a hillside that has stunning views of the Annapurnas and Machupucharre. Views are particularly good in the early morning.

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