Thandiwe Banda, the most youthful first woman Zambia has ever had, was uniquely in her 30s when her significant other, Rupiah Bwezani Banda turned into the nation’s fourth president in 2008 and governed until 2011.
In spite of having had a generally short stretch in office, the couple and family may have still delighted in the advantages of being in charge of the nation’s administration, even past their residency, as can be normal, yet a couple of years in the wake of leaving office, things went bad, as the previous First Lady was determined to have bosom malignancy in 2014.
She at that point headed out to neighbouring South Africa for clinical consideration, until 2015, when she returned as a survivor, following a while of clinical treatment. In any case, little may the family have realized that helping could strike twice.
It has, as the Banda’s have again become unlucky messengers, following the previous president’s declaration, about seven days back, that he had been determined to have colon malignancy.
“I have been moved to make this announcement taking into consideration that, although, this is a personal and private matter, which was initially only known by my close relatives, including my two sisters, Mrs Velesi Katema and Mrs Seba Zulu, my younger brother Mr James Banda and my children here in Zambia and diaspora, led by my eldest son James Banda, the Zambian People, who honoured me with the privilege to serve them as Head of State, for which I will remain forever grateful and indebted, deserve to know that I have been diagnosed with cancer of the colon,” Banda declared.
Banda’s flow spouse’s fight with the illness six years back, was not the first occasion when he had seen a friend or family member battling malignancy. He lost his first spouse, Hope, to a similar illness.
Malignant growth rates in Zambia
Such encounters where more than one relative has Cancer, are not uncommon in Zambia, because of the commonness of specific tumors in the nation.
Studies show bosom and cervical tumors, separately, as the main sources of malignant growth mortality in Zambia.
The nation has one of the most noteworthy cervical malignancy paces of any country, yet practically these misfortunes are preventable, either through the HPV immunization or through early screening and treatment, as per examines led early this year and delivered by Project Concern International.
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Battling the sickness
How regular the illness has become, has since prompted various concerned people and gatherings into concocting a few activities intended to battle it.
These incorporate the Zambia Cancer Society (ZCS), who in association with Facebook gatherings, for example, ‘Teal Sisters’, this month concocted a trendy method of honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which falls in October consistently.
With these gatherings’ direction, Zambian women have been taking and posting via online media, headshots of them wearing conventional head gear, called ‘Ichiduku’, under what they have named, ‘Duku challenge’.
They are likewise calling this mindfulness month as ‘Dukutober’, after a similar rigging. The Duku is a major headwrap, for the most part made from African print texture, otherwise called ‘Chitenge’, and is usually worn at capacities, for example, customary services, Bridal showers, and so on
For Dukutober, the initiators have been empowering ladies to wear the apparatus in various styles and post an image, joined by some promising words or recognitions to all who have experienced or seen companions, associates or relatives’ fight with the infection and passed on, endure or are as yet battling.
“Sadness at the loss of a loved one may never entirely go away, but remembrance lives on. We want to remember those we’ve loved and lost to Cancer, not only for them, but also as importantly for ourselves, to mend, to heal, to live, and never to forget,” state the Zambia Cancer Society.
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Mission yields positive outcomes
This test has pulled in scores of web-based media clients and celebrated individuals the nation over. Over 2,300 online media clients have joined the test up until this point, giving members a stage to save an idea for the individuals they know, yet all who have lost their lives to Cancer, who won the fight and the individuals who are as yet battling.
The test has released many cancer declarations in Zambia, as ladies share stories of their own excursions or potentially encounters with the sickness.
“It’s not until a few years ago that I lost a beloved relative to Cancer, that I realised that this disease could affect anybody – any of us,” says Dukutober Ambassador, Mutinta Musokotwane, in her web-based media post.
The activity has likewise assisted with revealing insight about the different parts of Cancer and gotten various individuals pondering the issue, with some currently settling on choices to go for early testing and therefore urge others to do likewise.
This is as of now assisting with ending the quietness, to urge ladies to retaliate, just as give expectation and backing to one another, which is the thing that the initiators trusted they would accomplish, when they concocted the activity.
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