NGOextends breast health education to schools

Breast Care International (BCI) together with the Peace and Love Hospital at Oduom, near Kumasi, have launched a campaign to extend breast health education to junior and senior high schools.

It is part of the aggressive effort to fight the breast cancer disease and the programme involves training and assisting both teachers and students to have better understanding of the disease.

Dr (Mrs) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of BCI, said the goal was to aid them to become “breast cancer ambassadors” in their homes and communities, spreading the message and educating their immediate families and friends.

Students and tutors of the Sunyani Business College (SIBCO) have already benefitted from the disease screening and education.

Dr Wiafe Addai said the rapid spread of cancer and its fatality rate, especially among young women, called for concerted efforts to fight it.

She urged the students to freely talk about the disease and to encourage their friends, relatives and community members with any abnormality in the breast to seek early treatment.

The campaign comes following a visit to the country by students of the Marist College in New York, United States (US) to study the health care situation as part of an international project.

They were at the Peace and Love Hospital and the offices of BCI, where Dr Wiafe Addai identified ignorance as a major factor responsible for the late report to the hospitals by patients for proper diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

The BCI, as an advocacy organization, is determined to bring a change and empower women with sufficient knowledge of the disease to stop needless deaths.

She said it had established a permanent oncology training programme at the Peace and Love Hospital to train nurses in communities with basic skills to provide services to women.

Additionally, a breast cancer survivors’ association has been formed and the members given orientation to serve as role models for the newly diagnosed patients as they go through the treatment
regime.

Dr Wiafe Addai said the BCI would continue to work hard and with passion to make sure that every Ghanaian had adequate information on the disease to halt the spread.

Professor Neil Fitzgerald, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Marist College, said they were impressed by what the BCI was doing to help hold back the breast cancer disease. GNA

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