7 June 2012

Sierra Leone: 11 Die of Breast Cancer in Nieni Chiefdom

Residents of Yiffin and its nearby villages in the Nieni Chiefdom, Koinadugu district, have vent out their grievances over the deepening breast cancer infection that has killed teenagers in most parts of the chiefdom with eleven (11) deaths recorded recently.

Youth leader of Yiffin, Alhaji Quee, said the chiefdom recorded the number of deaths in the last three months among young girls between the ages of 17 and 27 years who suffered from breast cancer just after delivery. He noted that the development has become so worrisome to everyone in the Nieni chiefdom.

"So far, we have counted twenty-three (23) deaths of teenagers that have given up the ghost in different parts of Nieni Chiefdom," Alhaji Quee said, stressing that residents of the chiefdom find it hard to locate health centres as the road leading to the centres are not motorable. Most teenagers, he said, cannot withstand the pain inflicted by breast cancer and rather prefer to die.

Community Health Officer of Yiffin village, Alieu F. Mansaray, said the centre has done all what it takes to give lactating mothers the breast cancer treatment available and most of the cases that are referred to the centre are in their worst situation.

"The distance taken to come to the centre is another problem facing the inhabitants and we do a tour outreach to these villages of cases that lead to breast cancer," Mansaray said. He also noted that breast cancer cases are referred to the centre as well as other infections such as the acute respiratory tract infection, sexually transmitted infections or STIs, peptic ulcer diseases (PUD) and trauma.

Mansaray pointed at the lack of trained personnel in most health centres as another difficulty they face.

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