Government is set to engage unemployed community nurses in the eastern and Ashanti regions roll out a free house-to-house breast screening to improve access to early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
The programme is implemented by Breast Care International in collaboration with the National Youth Employment Programme, the Ghana Health Service and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in 56 communities on pilot basis.
Chief Executive of Breast Care International, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai told XYZ News it will be funded by government and will also create jobs.
Dr. Wiafe Addai said the initiative is to make the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer more accessible by taking it to the doorstep of people.
“The month of October is a breast cancer awareness month. it is called the pink month. We have been visiting churches, communities, and workplaces to create awareness and train people, we decided to now go and do door-to-door. We are doing it in the Eastern regional capital, Koforidua on the 14th of October. A lot of cases that come from the regions are advanced cases so we decided to train the nurses to check for breast cancer”, she said.