Residents of Kumasi are set to enjoy a cancer-free environment as city authorities partner the Union for International Cancer Control on Anti-cancer Initiative.
Known as Kumasi Cancer Project, partners seek to confront head-on all forms of cancer related diseases through frequent awareness programmes for early diagnosis and detection.
The launch of the project makes the Ashanti Region capital the first ‘Cancer City’ in Africa and the fourth in the word.
Declaration of Kumasi as Africa’s first cancer city the fourth world’s fourth was spearheaded by chiefs and other stakeholders through the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service.
Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, throws more light on the project: “We are poised to fight cancer disease head-on, this initiative is also the President’s vision as spelt boldly in the NPP’s manifesto. As declared in Mexico some few weeks ago, Kumasi is the first city in Africa to host such initiative, thus ‘Cancer City’, it’s enormous attendant benefits to residents will bear fruits in no time.”
The minister also hinted that “some cancer-related diseases will be added to the health insurance scheme to ease patients of financial burdens as a measure to reducing the disease if not eradicating.”
Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, urged interest groups to pool resources in the fight against the major cause of death in developing countries.
“The fight against cancer needs a multifaceted approach from interest groups and all stakeholders to wage war against cancer. I enjoin all to put hands on deck to make this initiative a reality.”
The regional minister charges the general public to show interest in the cancer city project.
Dr Baffour Awuah, a Specialist at the Oncology Department of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, has also urged health directors to pay critical attention to accurate data collation to advance the cause of the project.
“To eradicate this harmful disease, there must be a conscious effort to garner accurate data to make informed decisions on facing the dreadful disease head-on. I will use this platform to urge all health practitioners to collect data on all cancer patients for future reference,” he said.