Koforidua, July 26, GNA – The CEO of Breast Care International (BCI) have urged the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to task mining companies operating within their areas to be involved in the support and screening of breast cancer.
Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe- Addai, also the CEO of the Peace and Love Hospitals, noted that most of the breast cancer cases reported in Ghana were from mining areas such as Oda, Akwatia and Kade in the Eastern Region and Obuasi and Manso in the Ashanti Region.
She noted at a stakeholders meeting with the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council in Koforidua that chemicals at mining sites appeared to be linked to breast cancer.
She therefore stressed the need for the involvement of the MMDAs to support at least the screening for breast cancer for women in their areas of operation for early detection and treatment.
The meeting was to introduce a programme initiated by the BCI to engage unemployed nurses to be trained as oncology nurses to work in the rural communities in the Eastern and Ashanti Regions.
Dr Wiafe- Addai said the move was to bridge the gap between screening, early detection and treatment of breast cancer among women and rural women in particular by attaching the nurses to the CHPS centres in the various communities within the two regions.
According to her despite the awareness creation about breast cancer, many people report late to health facilities due to a number of reasons including affordability and getting the appropriate information as to where to go for treatment.
Dr Wiafe Addai said the role of the MMDAs was very critical in making ahead way in the fight against breast cancer. GNA
By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA