As part of efforts to support women with breast cancer, a fund has been launched to raise money for their treatment.
The initiative dubbed: ‘One cedi to save a Breast and a Life’, is to help make treatments not covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) free for the needy.
This project is being championed by cancer advocacy group, Breast Care International (BCI).
Speaking at the launch in Accra, President of BCI, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, said the project is to help reduce cancer-related deaths, especially among the needy in society.
She indicated that most women with breast cancer come to the hospital at an advanced state due to lack of funds for treatment.
“The real concern was that most patients report to health facilities with advanced cancer cases rather too late, when much could not be done due to poverty, so we have created this short code to provide free treatment for the needy” she stated.
The breast cancer advocate stressed that, though government had put in place measures which outlined the key strategies for the control of cancers in Ghana, that is yet to materialize.
Based on this backdrop, Dr. Wiafe Addai said they in collaboration with telecommunications network, MTN, Airtel-Tigo and Vodafone, have introduced a short code*711*91# to enable people donate just one GH₵1 into the fund.
The breast surgeon, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love hospitals called on all well-meaning Ghanaians to contribute to the project.
“We should all contribute generously and show reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which can cause needless and preventable diseases and death among us” Dr. Wiafe Addai added.
Source: Breast Care International