AFRICA IS READY NOW TO FIGHT AGAINST CANCER CHRONIC DISEASE
A Research Conducted by International Agency for Research on Cancer under World Health Organization on Wednesday 12th September, 2018 revealed that global Cancer burden rises to 18.1million new cases and 9.6 million cancer death in 2018.
Cancer of the lung, female breast Cancer, prostrate cancer, stomach cancer, Colorectum cancer, and Cervical cancer are all Cancer related diseases in the world but Female breast Cancer, Prostrate cancer and Cervical cancer are the top three common Cancer types in Africa as well as Ghana.
4th February, 2019 marked the World Cancer Day celebration in West Africa Ghana, Kumasi as precised.
Kumasi was selected as 4th in the world and 1st in Africa to establish Cancer City by the Union for International Cancer Control UICC to help fight against the rapid Cancer diseases in Africa.
The World Cancer Day Celebration was graced with a lot of eminence and dignitaries includes HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan President of UICC, H.E Mrs.Rebecca Akufo Addo first lady of the republic of Ghana, Minister of Health Kwasi Agyemang Manu, Rt. Rev. Prof. Sarfo Kantanka Past Bishop, Methodist Church, Kumasi Mayor Osei Assibey Antwi, ASH.REG Minister Simon Mensah, Dr.Beatrice Wiafe Addai Consultant, Breast Surgeon, PLH, Her Royal Highess lady Julia and many more.
According to first Lady, H.E Mrs Rebecca Akufo Addo, the Ghana Health Service should increase awareness education about cancers related diseases in the country.
She said, the disease does not only affects the individual financially but also have negative impact on the countries economy due to cost of treatment.
Speaking at the world Cancer day in Kumasi, she urged the private sector to partner with the government in the fight of cancer related diseases by providing more infrastructure and equipment to support the fight against cancer because Cancer is one of the dangerous diseases in the world.
The President of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), princess Dina Mired of Jordan also called on government to priorities cancer related issues in Ghana and initiate better condition of services and training system for Paediatric oncologists and Urologists to be able to examine Cancer related disease.
She said, her son was cancer survival victim in 1997 through the help of a team of Doctors of who was able to testify the disease early by laboratory diagnoses.
She urged the public to cultivate the habit of frequent check up or health screen to be able to achieve Cancer Free agenda.
The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive Hon.Osei Assibey Antwi appreciate the Union for International Cancer Control for selected Kumasi in the Country Ghana, West Africa, Africa and the World to establish Cancer city to help fight against cancer related diseases which increase high mortality in the entire world.
He said Kumasi is ready to support the UICC vision to eliminate Cancer from Africa as well the world as whole. Kumasi and Africa is ready now ready to fight against cancer related diseases.
Meanwhile the Past Bishop of Kumasi Methodist Diocese Rt. Rev. Prof. Sarfo Kantanka disclosed that the clergy has a role to play in other to help sanitizing the congregation to visit hospital whenever some of them complaining of strange illnesses suspected as spiritual attacks before visit prayer camps for spiritual healings.
The theme for the world cancer day was” I am and I will”.
Story by Kwame Baffoe Agyekum