President of breast care international Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai says stronger awareness about breast cancer can only be achieved if health practitioners especially those working in rural areas are equipped with basic knowledge about the disease.
Breast cancer which is number one killer of women is said to claim a life every 69 seconds globally.
Addressing a workshop to train volunteers to play the role of community breast health promoters at Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi, Dr. Wiafe Addai said the time has come to demystify the myth surrounding the disease.
The 65 participants who attended the workshop were selected from the Presbyterian Ministers’ Wives Association (PMWA) within the Upper, Northern, West Bono, Brong-Ahafo, Ashanti, Sekyere, Asante Akyem, Kwahu, and Sehwi Presbyteries.
The workshop focused on the basic anatomy and physiology of the breast; pathology of breast cancer; principles and practice of breast cancer awareness creation and how to refer women with breast problems to appropriate health care institutions.
It is expected that upon completion, the participants would be able to discuss breast health issues, and also organize outreach programs in collaboration with BCI and other appropriate institutions in order to improve community awareness of breast health screening resources.
Commenting on the value of the workshop, Nicola Manning, CEO of Inter-Commercial Impex Limited, the company behind Forever Easy and Yofi sanitary products, says: “I am both thrilled and proud that our company is sponsoring another wonderful initiative with BCI”.
Speaking about the workshop, Mrs. Rosekel Omenyo, President of the Presbyterian Minister’s Wives Association reiterated that the training would provide members of her association the appropriate knowledge and skills which would enhance early detection of breast problems for subsequent treatment if needed.
According to Mrs. Omenyo, the breast health promoters program will be offered to other PMWA members nationwide in the coming months.
On her part, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President of BCI commended the PMWA for being the first organization to pioneer this unique program in the country.
She hopes that other churches and organized women groups will follow the example of PMWA for the benefit of the communities they serve, since knowledge is power.
Dr. Wiafe Addai also applauded the PMWA for its enthusiasm and pioneering spirit in this noble and historic program. She also paid a glowing tribute to the Media, for joining in the fight against breast cancer in Ghana.
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