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A/R:  BCI organizes 3-day basic cancer training for 36 selected Physician Assistants and Nurses

Breast Care International (BCI) has organized a 3-day basic cancer training for 36 selected Physician Assistants and Nurses in the Ashanti region.

Drawn from Atwima Kwanwoma District and Oforikrom municipality, the training is to professionally equip medical practitioners with the knowledge and skills in oncology (cancer).

Sponsored by Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast and Be-Health, it was under the theme “Enhancing the knowledge and skills of healthcare professionals in the field of Oncology.”

The training starting Thursday, July 11, 2024, and ending Saturday, July 13, 2024, was hosted by Peace and Love Hospital at Oduom, in the Oforikrom municipal in the Ashanti region.

At the official launching of the program on Wednesday, the President of BCI, Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, said the training will help reduce the late presentation of cancers to the hospitals.

She pointed out that some cancer patients lost their lives unnecessarily due to the absence of professional nurses at the local communities to appropriately diagnose them.

“To change the narrative, the nurses after the training will equip themselves with the knowledge to diagnose cancers and refer patients to hospitals for further checks and examinations,” she stated. 

Dr Mrs Beatrice Wiafe Addai, who is also the CEO of Peace and Love Hospitals in Kumasi and Accra, further said if there are more nurses trained; in the way to diagnose cancers, it will enhance cancer management.

She posited that the training forms part of BCI’s core mandates, alongside human resource empowerment, with the vision of reducing cancer mortality in Ghana.

In his address as a guest speaker, the Mayor of Kumasi, Sam Pyne, commended Breast Care International for the training, in anticipation that more lives would be saved among cancer patients.

The Queen mother of Ejisu Traditional Area, Nana Yaa Asantewaa ll who graced the occasion urged the physicians assistants and nurses to exhibit high ethical standards in performing their duties to guarantee quality healthcare delivery to the citizenry.

She advised them to refrain from discrimination, but show compassion, diligence, empathy, and service to all.

Source: Ghana/otecfmghana.com/Francis Appiah

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