Auxillia Mnangagwa, Zimbabwean first lady, in a cancer awareness quest, toured Mt Selinda Hospital and Orphanage in Chipinge District. Dr Hughes Mhlanga, the hospital’s medical superintendent, informed the First Lady of the menace the disease has caused especially among women in Chipinge district and the need for public awareness.

In response to the hospital’s plea, the First Lady said she was going to engage the Ministry of Health and Child Care so that it brings mobile clinics to Chipinge at the earliest possible time. The First Lady stated that she was happy that her awareness campaigns were fruitful as people were heeding her call to undergo screening.

“Cancer is a serious and growing public health challenge in the world and it continues to be on the increase in Zimbabwe as we are at number 10 in the world.”

Auxillia Mnangagwa challenged the community to desist from engaging in the evil practice of baby dumping, saying children were a gift from God and should be well looked after. She also commended the Church and the Orphanages for the care they give to humanity.

“These institutions are giving hope to those who otherwise would have lost it by providing care to the sick and a home to the orphans. I will continue to advocate for the needs of the vulnerable.”

The church’s bishop, Ephraim Ngadziore and his wife showed gratitude to the first lady for honoring their invitation to Selinda. “We want to thank the First Lady for accepting our invitation. This has never happened to us and we would like to thank her for the love.”

After the ambassadorial role conferred on the first lady, she started the national cancer awareness campaigns in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care.