The Ghana Chapter of the Organization of African First Ladies (OFLA) in collaboration with Ghana Aids Commission and Classic FM, a Techiman based radio station, has organized an intensive programme on cervical and Breast cancer, including HIV testing. The programme forms part of the First lady, Lordina Mahama’s campaign to Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Keep Mothers alive.
The campaign seeks to intensify the HIV reproductive health education in the country. Thousands of women made up of Market Women Associations, Techiman Queen Mothers Association, Students, identified women groups in Churches among others came for the screening. Out of this number, Seven Hundred were screened for the Bread Cancer, Cervical Cancer and HIV. The beneficiaries were also counseled on reproductive health while free condoms were distributed.
At the end of the exercise,ten women were diagnosed of breast cancer,five cervical cancer and 11 diagnose of HIV.
Addressing the people before the commencement of the programme, the Minister of Tourism Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, who represented the First Lady, LordinaMahama, urged women to regularly perform self-breast examination and also go for cervical cancer screening. She noted that in Ghana, women together with children form about 70 percent of all HIV cases. Adding that in 2003, about 2,400 children under the age of 15 were newly infected with HIV with only one quarter of these children having access to effective treatment. Some of these issues and others she said necessitated the Prevent Mother-to-Child Transmission and Keep Mothers alive campaign by the First Lady.
The Minister, also advised women who have multiple sexual partners to desist from such practice and the youth who engagein pre marital sex must stop. The organizer of the program Oheneni Ama Korankyeful was grateful to the First Lady, and the Minister of Tourism for showing keen interest in the programme. She also thanked participants and supporters for making the program a success. Oheneni Ama Korankye appealed to philanthropists to donate towards free medical screening exercises programme in order to save lives.