Opinion Leaders To Be Ambassadors of Breast Cancer Awareness -G2 Foundation
Odumase, October 11, 2022
The G2 Foundation, a charitable Non governmental organization has suggested that opinion leaders, religious leaders and family heads should be the Ambassadors to lead the awareness creation and facilitators of breast and other cancers treatment.
Ms Gifty Nyarko, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Foundation noted breast cancer is very dangerous disease when not given the necessary attention.
The G2 Foundation is an NGO that seeks the health and socioeconomic welfare of vulnerable women, children, orphans, widows and persons with disabilities.
Speaking in an interview with thefourlens.com at Odumase, the Sunyani West Municipal capital on Monday, Ms Nyarko stated breast cancer is killing a lot of women, but most of them are ignorant and careless about its menace and treatment.
Ms Nyarko, also the Physical Development Planning Director at the Sunyani West Municipal Assembly therefore pleaded with particularly religious leaders who meets large congregation at a time, University lecturers, teachers, family heads and husbands to take up the advocacy lead role to educate and explain the effects of breast cancer to their wives and women on every platform they meet them.
She was optimistic the move would help reach out to many women and well informed them, through which they would go for periodic breast cancer screening and medication at earliest stage to reduce its spread and effects.
Saying, “knowing or hearing that breast cancer exists is not enough, but get screened for early treatment if there is the need”.
Ms Nyarko therefore appreciated the efforts of management of Suncity group of companies in Sunyani for organizing and collaborating with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) to undertake a massive breast cancer screening and awareness creation exercise at the Victoria Park in Sunyani on October 21st this year.
She expressed “deepest gratitude to the heartfelt initiative and lead role taken to help save lives in the Bono region as part of their cooperate social responsibility and giving back to society”.
In that regard, Ms Nyarko pleaded with other “well-to-do individuals” to emulate the kind gesture of Suncity group of companies’ management and passionately advised women not to hesitate to go for the screening to know their status so that should there be any case, it can be detected early for treatment before it gets too late.
In further interview, Mrs. Safura Mohammed Suraj Antwi, the Director, Suncity group of companies said the exercise to beef up breast cancer awareness campaign and commemorate the international breast cancer month in this October is part of the company’s activities this year.
“October is also our month because I and my husband were both born in the month of October, so we are doing this as part of our birthdays celebration”, she stated.
According to Mrs Antwi, “we have teamed up with full army of health professionals, I mean Doctors and Nurses from the KATH and other Hospitals in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions to conduct the free exercise from that Friday, 21st October, 2022”.
She added they shall conduct a special 3-day free Medical outreach at the Sunyani Municipal Hospital on the following Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 October, which only Health Insurance Card would be required for medical care.
Mrs Antwi said the medical team for the outreach would be led by Professor Stephen Tabiri, Consultant Surgeon and Dean, School of Medicine at the University of Development Studies and Dr. Adu Appiah-Kubi, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist at the Ho Teaching Hospital.
Others includes Dr. Frank Gyamfi, Snr. Specialist and General Surgeon at the Berekum Holy Family Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Urologist at St. Mary’s Hospital Drobo, Dr. JB Fordjour, Dr. Joel Duah at Kukuom Hospital.
Mrs Antwi announced the screening exercise would include other ailments such as Cervical and Prostate Cancers screening whilst taking care of Fibroid, Hernia, Hydrocele, Ovarian cyst and others.