KMA Unveils Cancer City
THE HEALTH Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, has officially announced that Kumasi has been selected as the first Cancer Learning City in Africa.
He said Kumasi was selected from a host of other vibrant cities across the globe because Kumasi has what it takes to properly host the important project.
According to the Minister, Kumasi is the fourth city in the world after Asuncion in Paraguay, Cali in Columbia and Yangon in Myanmar to be part of the project.
Mr. Agyeman Manu therefore entreated Ghanaians to rally behind Kumasi so that they would deliver on their mandate to make Ghana proud.
The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) selected Kumasi as the first city in Africa and the fourth in the world for the cancer control project in 2017.
The project dubbed ‘Kumasi City Cancer Project’ (CCAN 2025) will make Kumasi a key cancer learning city on the African continent in the next three years.
Kumasi stands to benefit from financial and technical support from the UICC and other relevant bodies, especially in the fight against cancers of all forms.
The project mainly seeks to increase access to cancer treatment in the cities and also stop the avoidable deaths, usually caused by cancer of all forms.
Speaking at the media briefing of the project, the health minister stated that Kumasi’s achievement is huge so the entire country should support them.
He said cancer has ended the lives of several innocent people in the country for many years and the selection of Kumasi as a cancer city will help stop the deaths.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, assured that the Regional Coordinating Council and government will fully support the cancer project.
The Kumasi Mayor, Osei Assibey Antwi, disclosed that a secretariat would be created so that the Kumasi Cancer City Project would be successful.
He said plans are in the pipeline for Kumasi to host the first Kumasi City and UICC Cancer Meeting in February, this year, urging the public to support the project.
By: Afia Sarpong Amankwa/ thePublisher