The Kumasi-East Rotary Club says it is stepping up efforts to support the fight against cervical cancer.

The initiative will focus on sensitization and screening of basic and second-cycle students and other youth.

“Last year, we commenced the creation of awareness on the condition, screening will be next. It will be done in selected Senior High Schools. If these are effectively done, we can reduce death caused by cervical cancer”, President of the Club, Francis Tettey Ahwah, said.

Statistics show about half of 573 thousand people diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ghana in the last six years, have died.

Cervical cancer is an infection of the cervix which experts say is treatable when detected early.

Rotary is anticipating delivery of a van from the Rotary International Fund to enhance the campaign by way of vaccination for teenage girls.

Mr. Ahwah spoke to Luv News at a handing over ceremony of new executives of the club for the 2019/20 Rotary year.

The club is hoping to construct a six-unit classroom block at Konongo Odumasi and at least, 20 boreholes, at the cost of  USD 100,000 across Ashanti Region.

Already, members have invested about 2.4 million cedis in various development projects in rural Ghana.

They include peanut butter processing plant for improved child nutrition in rural areas.

The GH₵600,000 cedis investment has saved lives of thousands of malnourished children in Ghana.

The high energy peanut paste, with sugar, vegetable oil and skimmed milk powder takes between six and eight weeks to improve the condition of children.

The club provides three sachets daily to malnourished children for free.