Uterine prolapse has emerged as a major problem among women in Tanahun district. This was found during a free health checkup of women for their uterus and uterus-related cancer conditions in four wards of Byas Municipality.

During the checkup, 457 women were examined in wards 8, 9, 10 and 11.

The free health camp was organised under the leadership of Women for Women Netherlands with the help of Sunaulo Naya Goreto Krishi Cooperative and Swadeshi Nepal Gorkha and in collaboration with Nepal Austria Cancer Care Foundation.

"The health camp was organised with a view to identifying and treating women living with or who were vulnerable to uterine cancer and/or breast cancer," said Women for Women Netherlands Nepal representative Bishwonath Poudel, adding, the women requiring operation would be provided free surgery in Kathmandu.

"Some eight to 10 per cent of women vulnerable to uterine cancer were treated in the camp itself, while seven women with severe conditions were referred for surgery," said cancer specialist Arati Shah.

Sixteen health workers, including two specialists, had catered to patients at the health camp. An 84-year-old Bishnumaya Bhujel of Byas Municipality said she was happy to receive treatment in her own village. She has been suffering from uterus-related complication for the past 15 years.

A version of this article appears in the print on March 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.