The 10th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer in Africa has opened in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia drawing more than one thousand participants from across the continent and beyond.
First Lady, Dr. Lordina Mahama, and her colleague First Ladies from Africa and the host country Ethiopia are attending the conference.
First Lady Lordina Mahama who is also the President of the Organisation of African First Ladies, OAFLA and a strong advocate of stopping Cervical and Breast Cancer will be sharing Ghana’s success stories so far in respect of Breast and Cervical Cancer prevention, advocacy and treatment and the way forward today.
Speaking at the opening of the conference the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, HailemariamDesalegn asked African First Ladies to intensify their campaigns towards Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer in their respective home countries with focus on early detection and treatment.
Ghana’s First Lady, has always been a strong advocate in the fight against Breast, Cervical and Prostrate Cancer of which she has extended the campaign to about Seven Regions in the country. This she has done by organising periodic screening and medical outreach programmes, which have benefitted more than three thousand, people in Ghana.
She intensified this education, last week, by reaching a larger group in the Volta Region.One can therefore say that Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam’s Desalegn’s call for intensification of this campaign towards cervical, breast and prostrate cancer is apt looking at the number of people covered through her screening and medical outreach exercise.
At the conference here in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia speaker upon speaker described cancers of all types as serious causing more than 8million deaths annually than deaths caused by HIV and AIDS and Malaria. This has become so because people do not attach any seriousness to its early detection and treatment .It is estimated that there will be 50 percent increase in cancer patients in Africa by 2030.
These alarming figures therefore informs the decision of African First Ladies to do more in the fight especially against Cervical, Breast and Prostrate Cancer. Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said even as African First Ladies intensify awareness, they should also drum home early detection as that is one of the cost effective way of reducing the disease in the long term.
First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Roman Tesfaye Abneh spoke strongly about the cost of cancer drugs. She said cancer drugs are very expensive which the average person with low income cannot afford,a situation which is worrying.
The Opening of the 10th Stop Cervical,Breast and Prostrate Cancer in Africa Conference also saw the recognition of the Prime Minister of Ethiopia as Africa’s Goodwill Ambassador for Women and Children’s Health for 2016-2017.