The third and final Community Breast Health Promoters (CBHP) training workshop for the Presbyterian Minister’s Wives Association (PMWA) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has ended in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The workshop was designed to equip women with basic breast health care knowledge.
About 65 participants drew from the West Akyem, Dangme, Tongu, Akuapem and Akim Abuakwa Presbyteries.
The two previous workshops for the Northern Sector in Kumasi and the Greater Accra was held in May, 2014, and June, respectively in collaboration between Breast Care International (BCI) , Ghana’s leading breast cancer awareness creation and research organization, Peace and Love Hospitals,(PLH) its sister health care facility, PMWA and Inter-Commercial Impex Limited (ICIL), manufactures of Forever Easy and Yofi sanitary products, with ROCHE Pharmaceuticals latter joining the collaboration.
With BCI and PLH as facilitators, the workshops equipped the participants with the basic breast health care knowledge, to enable them to act as voluntary health promoters who would engage their congregations and communities to seek breast screening by trained health care professionals.
The curriculum covered the epidemiology and risk factors of breast cancer, basic anatomy and physiology of the breast care awareness creation, and how to refer women with breast problems to appropriate health institutions are discussed.
The participants also had the opportunity to listening to testimonies from breast cancer survivors who shared their experiences, highlighting the importance of early detection and prompt action as a way of demystifying the disease.
Speaking at the closing session, the Founder and President of BCI, and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Peace and Love Hospitals in Accra and Kumasi, Dr. (Mrs.) Beatrice Wiafe Addai, said the two organizations would continue to engage like minded bodies to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to individuals within organizations, as a way of promoting the early detection of cancer in the country.
Dr. Wiafe also appreciated the role of both print and electronic Media for joining hands in the fight against breast cancer in Ghana.
On her part, the President of PMWA, Mrs. Rosekel Omenyo, noted that though the workshop marked the end of the series, it also signaled the beginning for PMWA to be more proactive in breast cancer awareness programmes towards early detection and diagnosis of breast abnormalities.
The project Leader of Roche Africa Project and Products Ghana Limited, Mr. Charles Fordjour, said as global leaders in the diagnosis treatment and monitoring of patients with cancers, the organization believed every patient irrespective of their location in the world should have the same ideal conditions of management.
He made it clear that innovative programmes championed by BCI and PLH, which seek to empower wives of pastors of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana as potential change leaders in the churches are unique and they are happy to be identified with them.