The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the government of Ghana to make cancer prevention and control an urgent national priority.
Dr. Jean Marie Dangou, the Adviser for Cancer and Chronic Diseases at the WHO Africa Regional Office in Brazaville, Congo, says there should not only be adequate funding and logistics support but an appropriate legislative framework to facilitate cancer registration at the national and regional levels.
He said this when opening the 5th annual general meeting of the African Cancer Registry Network (ACRN) in Kumasi, the capital of Ashanti Region (province), about 250 kilometres northwest of here Monday. The meeting is being attended by representatives from about 30 African countries to review its activities and plan for the years ahead.
Dr. Dangou said although cancer prevention and control was part of the national non-communicable disease control strategy of Ghana, interventions had been slow, compared with other African countries.
He identified the lack of funding, inadequate staff and office space, and incompetent records, as some of the challenges facing cancer registries across the continent.
He indicated that cancers were becoming not only a huge health burden, but also affecting socio-economic gains of many of the countries. There was therefore a need for African governments to take appropriate action to reduce cancer cases and the associated fatalities, he added.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK