Oncology training for community nurses begin in Kumasi – Ghana News Agency

Posted: August 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

ByKwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA

Kumasi, Aug 29, GNA A project to providecommunity-based nurses with basic oncology training to assist rural women toaccess oncology services has been launched in Kumasi.

The goal is to adequately equip the nurseswith the know-how for early diagnosis of breast and cervical cancers togetherwith other non-communicable diseases for referral to the hospitals for furtherchecks, examination and treatment.

The other high point is that this would alsohelp to engage more nurses at the community level.

It is being implemented by Breast CareInternational (BCI) in partnership with the Ministries of Health, LocalGovernment, Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana Health Services andthe National Youth Employment Programme.

The training of the first batch of 120 nursesdrawn from the Eastern and Ashanti Regions, is underway at the Peace and LoveHospital, in Kumasi.

Mrs. Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister of Gender,Children and Social Protection, said the oncology project was part of thegovernments deliberate effort to use public/private partnerships to open upjob opportunities while at the same promoting the health and well-being ofwomen.

She indicated that the promotion of financialsupport, improvement of the health and social inclusion of women was the pivotof its gender mainstreaming agenda to transform the lives of women insociety.

Mrs. Djaba expressed deep worry about the riseof breast and cervical cancers which she said was inflicting so much pain andclaiming the lives of women, especially the poor and vulnerable in the ruralcommunities.

It was in response to this that her Ministrywas providing financial assistance under the Livelihood Empowerment AgainstPoverty (LEAP) to support poor women to receive treatment for breast andcervical cancers, sickle cell, fistula and other diseases.

She said it would continue to give strongbacking to the BCI to train more community-based oncology nurses to enable eachdistrict to establish breast and cervical cancers units to provide timelyservices.

She said the nationwide roll-out of theproject would largely depend on the success of the pilot phase and called forthe participants to take the training seriously in order to make positiveimpact – reduce deaths associated with breast and cervical cancers.

Dr. Mrs. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, President ofBCI, noted that community-based nurses had greater role to play in the earlydetection and treatment of the cancers.

The first batch of the oncology trained nurseswould form a nucleus to transform the nursing profession by moving fromhouse-to-house in rural communities to provide professional examination andcounseling services.

GNA

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Oncology training for community nurses begin in Kumasi – Ghana News Agency

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