Public Agenda (Accra)

Ghana: MTN to Spearhead Support for Private Health Facilities

Agomanya — Hon. Micheal Teye Nyaunu, Member of Parliament (MP) for Lower Manya Krobo Constituency in the Eastern Region, has committed to impress upon government to support private health facilities to prop up quality health care delivery.

"I am going to talk to the Minister of Health to support private health facilities in terms of modern machines and other necessary logistics," Hon. Teye Nyaunu (popularly known as MTN), said, noting that highly capacitated private health delivery systems can supplement Government's efforts.

He was addressing more than 3000 women, including students of Krobo Girls Senior High School, at Agomanya in the Manya-Krobo District, during a free breast screening exercise recently.

The women were drawn from Somanya, Odumasi, Agomanya, Atua, Kpong and Akuse.

Hon. Teye Nyaunu, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, Nigeria, described as unacceptable the rate at which people die from breast cancer, and stressed the commitment of government to stem the tide.

To optimise efforts, the MP admonished women to report immediately to hospital for proper treatment whenever they observed any unusual sensation in their breasts.

He commended the organisers of the exercise - Breast Care International (BCI) Ghana and Peace and Love Hospitals-for awareness creation. At the same time, he encouraged victims of the disease and prayed that the number of survivors would continue to increase.

Addressing the women, Dr (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, leader of the Medical Team from BCI, asked the women to disabuse their minds from the notion that some spiritual factor is responsible for breast cancer.

She advised them to regularly touch and feel their breasts, and report to the hospital upon discovery of lump in their breast before the lumps develop into full breast cancer.

Madam Vivian Gyasi and Rahima Quaye, who have survived breast cancer attacks, shared their experiences, advising other women to undergo regular breast screening instead of believing the notion that breast cancer was caused by evil spirits and witch craft.

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