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Table 3 Cervical cancer prevention services provided by health workers from HC III & IV

From: Provision of cervical cancer prevention services in Northern Uganda: a survey of health workers from rural health centres

Variables Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Health workers screening women for cervical cancer in the health facility n = 286
 Yes 51 18.0
Reasons for not screening women for cervical cancer ( Multiple responses)
 No equipment/consumables 183 35.0
 Lack of personnel 86 16.0
 No space/room for screening 50 10.0
 Lack skill because no one is trained to conduct screening 172 33.0
 No time for screening because of heavy workload 18 3.0
 Screening increases my workload 3 1.0
 Others 13 2.0
Cervical cancer screening methods (Multiple responses allowed)
 VIA 37 76.0
 Pap smears 7 14.0
 Liquid-based cytology 4 8.0
 HPV DNA testing 1 2.0
How often do you screen women for cervical cancer in this health facility? n = 92
 1–3 days in a week 25 27.0
 4–7 days in a week 15 16.0
 Screening is through outreach by other organisations 52 57.0
Counselling women before screening for cervical cancer? n = 50
 Yes 49 98.0
Community awareness that the health facility offers cervical cancer screening. n = 54
 Yes 50 93.0
Procedure offered to a woman found with a precancerous lesion. n = 82
 Referred for treatment to next level of care 77 94.0
 Treatment offered at this health centre 4 5.0
 Inform her but do not refer or treat 1 1.0
Support supervision for cervical cancer prevention services offered in this health facility. n = 78
 Yes 33 42.0
HPV vaccination of adolescent girls offered in this health facility. n = 285
 Yes 261 92.0
Community members aware of HPV vaccination offered at this health facility. n = 261
 Yes 244 93.0
Health education on cervical cancer offered at the health facility. n = 283
 Yes 246 87.0
Reasons for not conducting health education in the health facility. (Multiple responses allowed)
 No health education material 27 44.2
 Cervical cancer not a priority disease here 10 16.4
 Government is not promoting 10 16.4
 Other reasonsa 14 23.0
Conducting outreach health education on cervical cancer in the community. n = 283
 Yes 128 45.0
Reasons for not conducting outreach health education in the community. (Multiple responses)
 No transport 88 29.0
 No fund 90 30.0
 No staff 8 3.0
 No time because of heavy workload 8 3.0
 Not trained on cervical cancer 82 27.0
 Others 27 9.0
Health workers’ aware of age group for cervical cancer screening using VIA (n = 279)
 Yes 171 61.0
  1. Other reasonsa (lack of knowledge and skills, inadequate staffing, reluctant and cervical cancer not common)