The Regional Ministers, Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in the Ashanti Region have been sensitized on breast oncology seminar in the Kumasi, Ashanti regional capital.
A day seminar, under the auspices of breast care international, an Non governmental Organisation (NGO) , come ahead of a formal launch of a basic oncology programme for 120 nurses to be trained in clinical examination.
They will also be sensitised to the need to always refer women with suspicious lesions to treatment centres on time. Oncology is branch of medicine that deals with the study and treatment of malignant tumours.
Dr. Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, explained that the progrmme feeds into the health module of the youth Employment Agency (YEA), She promised a graded expansion and eventual national coverage in a determined effort to decrease the higher mortality rate from breast cancer also reduce the incidence of advanced stage diseases in deprived communities.
Mrs. Elizabeth Agyeman, better known as the peoples mother, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, lauded the organization for their novelty and promised the support of the regional coordinating council (RCC) for any venture that would harness human capital for accelerated development of the country. BCI ambassador and ace musician, Akosua Agyeman, entrained patrons and also educated them on the breast disease.
A communiqué signed and issued at the end of the seminar by the president of Breast Care International, Dr. Wiafe Addai, said; it is about time communities owned domesticated programme tailored to rapidly facilitate the early detection and referral of suspected cases in a bid to reduce breast cancer mortality cases.
Mrs. Wiafe Addai said two nurses will be drawn from each of the districts in the two pilot regions of Ashanti and Eastern regions to be trained after which they would return to their respective communities in a scheme designed for the localities to own and internalise the project.
In attendance were the regional Minister; Mr. Simon Osei –Mensah, Hon Elizabeth Agyeman the Deputy Regional Minister, and the MMDCEs in the region.
She also said Breast Care International (BCI) was introducing the Oncology modules as a sequel to the hugely successful annual flagship programme, BCI Ghana walk for the cure” with its attendant show casing of survivors and weekly free breast screening programmes across the length and breadth of the country.