NBC Dodoma Marathon to back fight against cervical cancer 

21May 2022
The Guardian
NBC Dodoma Marathon to back fight against cervical cancer 

​​​​​​​THE National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has organized a marathon, dubbed 'NBC Dodoma Marathon', aimed at supporting more than 20,000 women with cervical cancer.

National Bank of Commerce (NBC) Managing Director, Theobald Sabi (C), holds one of the jerseys to be used by runners in the 2022 NBC Dodoma Marathon, slated to take place in Dodoma at the end of next month, at the race's launch held in Dar es Salaam two days back. Others are (L-R) Athletics Tanzania president, Silas Isangi, Ocen Road Cancer Institute's Director, Julius Mwaiselage, Sanlam Insurance Company's CEO, Julius Magabe, and EFM Radio and TV CEO, Dennis Busulwa. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

A total of 9000 women in Tanzania have been diagnosed with cancer and, out of the mentioned number, 550 women have been diagnosed and treated.

The NBC Bank's Managing Director, Theobald Sabi, affirmed the institution's move during the launch of the NBC Dodoma Marathon which will take place for the third consecutive season.

This year's race has been scheduled to take place in Dodoma on July 31.

Speaking at the launch of the marathon in Dar es Salaam two days ago, Sabi stated that within a year more than 1000 women in Tanzania tested positive for cervical cancer.

He said within two years the institution has been able to cooperate with the Ocean Road Cancer Hospital and the hospital has successfully screened 9000 women.

About 550 women were diagnosed with the disease and have received treatment and are experiencing recovery.

The NBC Bank boss noted: ''Cancer is the leading killer disease among women in developing countries, for example, 1400 women tested positive for cervical cancer in Tanzania per year and more than 30 percent have lost their lives in three years because they miss out on appropriate treatment.''

Sabi further stated in fighting cervical cancer through the marathon, they aim to raise 200m/- this year.

According to the official, in the last two years, they collected a total of 300m/- whereby all the money will be sent to Ocean Road Cancer Hospital for the treatment of women with cervical cancer.

"This cancer is treatable so our job is to raise funds, make awareness and our goal is to raise 200m/- this year that will help in treatment,'' he disclosed.

Sabi said the response from people to the marathon is huge whereby in two years the institution has had more than 4000 people participating in the race, and this year they expect to attract more than 5000 people.

The NBC Bank boss further revealed the aim is to create awareness that cervical cancer is treatable, and women should have the habit of testing at least every year to know their health.

Ocean Road Cancer Hospital's Director, Julius Mwaiselage, said they are grateful to NBC Bank for the commendable effort the institution is putting in backing the hospital to fight cervical cancer.

"We would like to thank NBC Bank for supporting us in providing treatment for women, in two years we have partnered with the institution, 9000 women have been examined and 550 women have been treated and recovered," Mwaiselage stated.

"This disease starts when a girl starts engaging in sexual intercourse and cervical cancer screening is done for girls aged 14 years onwards... we continue to provide education that this disease is treatable and the most important thing is they should not stop going for screening,'' he added.

The NBC Dodoma Marathon is registered internationally and has a certificate, the race has involved top-class runners from in and outside the country.

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