NGO to embark on activities to raise awareness on childhood cancer

Accra- World Child Cancer Ghana, in commemoration of the International Childhood Cancer Awareness month, has outlined a number of activities to educate people on early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Childhood cancer, also known as paediatric cancer, is a tumour that develops in children between the ages zero to 15 years. It sometimes affects children between age 15 to 19 years.

A statement issued in Accra by Mr George Achempim, the Country Representative World Child Cancer, and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said, although a lot of advocacy and other initiatives had been embarked on over the years on the emerging health concerns, such as cancer, the number of cases diagnosed in Ghana was increasing each year.

It said notwithstanding the progress; about a quarter (25 per cent) of the 1,300 children are estimated to have been diagnosed with cancer annually.

This leaves an unacceptable three-quarters of the children likely to develop cancer without access to specialist oncology care, including palliative care services; hence, at risk of dying painful death, it stated.

For this reason, September 2018, had been slated as significant, to mark another phase of intensive childhood cancer public education interventions in Ghana and key activities in the month include; a daily childhood cancer awareness short messaging for the public.

Other activities include the launch of a foundation at the Department of Child Health, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on September 09 to sponsor childhood cancer treatment, a blood donation and childhood cancer screening exercise at Kumasi Mall, on September 21, in partnership with Paediatric Oncology Unit, and KATH Blood Bank.

There would also be a blood donation and childhood cancer screening exercise at Achimota Mall on September 22, in partnership with Living Dreams Foundation and the National Blood Bank, on September 25, there would be a project launch to transforming the lives of children with cancer in Ghana at the College of Physicians and Surgeons with support from the UK Government through DFID.

It said the launch of the DFID project, marks the beginning of another ambitious phase of World Child Cancer venture implementation in Ghana where at least 400 children are targeted for diagnosis annually.

On September 29 there would be a blood donation and childhood cancer screening exercise at Accra Mall, in partnership with Living Dreams Leukaemia Foundation and the National Blood Bank,

It called on government to approve childhood cancer treatment funding coverage by the national health financing scheme to save the vulnerable and poor in society.

Childhood cancer treatment funding is not only a moral issue but a right for which we look forward to the President, as a human rights lawyer, to pay attention to.

If all children in Ghana can benefit from the Free High School education, then the lives of these few vulnerable ones need to be saved now. Otherwise, Ghana is discriminating against some of the future leaders, simply because they are diagnosed of cancer, it stated.

Source: Ghana News Agency