Former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Mrs Otiko Djaba has called on policy makers to make the fight against cancer a top priority. According to her, the disease has become a national issue, which needs the entire country’s support.
She said the country must be united in the fight against cancer. "Breast cancer statistics would remain a scar on our conscience, if we do not collectively fight the condition as a national disaster and a development issue. It is also a public health issue," she said.
Mrs. Djaba reiterated that cancer is curable when detected early and therefore, it is imperative for women to visit the hospitals regularly for checkups, stressing that having breast cancer is not the end of one’s life. The disease, she said, has no age limit and advised that both the young and old examine their breasts to detect any abnormality.
Speaking to participants at the ‘Breast Cancer International (BCI) Ghana walk for the cure’ in Tamale, the former Gender minister encouraged cancer survivors to be brave and courageous wherever they find themselves.
Speaking on behalf of the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education (MoE), the northern regional director of Education, Alhaji Harun Cambodia assured BCI of the Service support to make sure the fight against the disease is a success. He also appealed to BCI to make the exercise an annual affair in the region as well as the entire country. This, he noted, will help curb the menace.
BY: Lillian Walter