The Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana in collaboration with the Peace and Love Hospital Survivors Association (PALSA) has held the media launch for their Seventh Annual Health Walk at the Regional Coordinating Council in Koforidua.
The theme for this year’s walk was “Our breasts, let’s check them”, and the launch was held to create awareness on the upcoming walk scheduled for the 14th of October 2017.
In a welcome address, Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, Chairperson of BCI Ghana, indicated the need for breast care awareness and urged people not to let the disease victimize them but be forthcoming since it could be cured. She also stressed on the fact that breast cancer was a highly treatable disease and early detection of the disease makes treatment easier.
She further explained the need for everyone including men to be extra vigilant about any abnormality they find in their breasts and urged them to refrain from resorting to herbal medicines anytime they have any form of pain in their breasts.
Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai also stated that the Eastern Region and the Ashanti Region were the two regions chosen as pilot regions where community based nurses would be trained on a house to house, door to door free breast screening exercise.
The Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Joseph Tetteh pledged his full support to the programme and urged everyone to join hands to fight breast cancer.
Hon. Mrs. Comfort Asante, the Municipal Chief Executive, in her speech commended BCI for the good works and called on everyone to help make the awareness walk a success. She also said, “We should show our love through propagating, bringing people together to take part in this activity.”
The Busummuruhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Nana Kwasi Obugya Asante III, in his speech stated that regardless of the fact that the walk coincides with the Akwantukese festival, all the chiefs would come out in their numbers to support it.
There were optional speeches from some survivors of breast cancer and members of the Local Organizing Committee.
BCI and PALSA unveiled the logo for this year’s health walk and were optimistic that the media launch would create the needed awareness for a successful walk.