Breast Care International (BCI) has organized a basic oncology training for community-based nurses, the project aim at training community health nurses to undertake regular breast screening in the areas across the county has been officially opened at the premises of Peace and Love Hospital in Odum, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, on the theme “Ensuring Early Stage Presentation of Breast and cervical cancers; Community Based nurses pave the way.”
The president and founder of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Addai Wiafe, in an overview, noted that the training would empower the next generation of nurses, using120 community-based nurses as the nucleus and model to transform the nursing profession, by embedding them in the communities, especially in the areas of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Dr. Addai Wiafe said the training project, which was to train 120 nurses in the two pilot regions of Eastern and Ashanti, was a national effort, planned to spread out to the remaining regions of the country, adding that those nurses, after training would also be navigating those found with any of the common non – communicable diseases (NCDs), especially, breast and cervical cancers, hypertension and diabetes to the various treatment centres.
She observed that while it had been encouraging exerting energies in fighting stereotypes, BCI would certainly be better for it if we remained focused in celebrating survivorship, a potent tool in the struggle against myths and misconceptions about the disease.
BCI is determined to permanently change the template by re-writing Ghana’s breast cancer story, she affirmed.
Ms. Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, on her part, said Breast Care International (BCI) has demonstrated beyond measure that the contemporary Ghanaian women had come of full age as evidenced in Dr. Addai Wiafe, a woman of substance, who had single-handedly fought those battles, bringing to the fore the effects of breast cancer on productivity to have made same gained national and global attention, prominence and recognition.
She added that the Gender Ministry had been monitoring the human-centered programs of BCI over the years, and was happy to announce the inclusion of indigent breast and cervical cancer patients on the Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty, (LEAP), to cushion and facilitate their speedy treatment and recovery.
She admonished the nurses to lives exemplary tires worthy of emulationn, and show respect and compassion to the less endowed women especially in the rural communities. Other speakers were Mrs. Elizabeth Agyeman the Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Rev. Sister Frances Emily Owusu Ansah, Dean, Department of Psychology (KNUST) Mr. Eric Kwakye Dartour, the Eastern Regional Minister and Dr. Tony Opoku Agyeman, Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine (KNUST).
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Nsiah Yeboah, Kumasi.