By: Raphael Apetorgbor- Daily Express
In an effort to fight cervical cancer among women, the Al-Hayaat Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the Central University College (CUC) has held a cervical cancer sensitization programme for students of the university.
The ‘Pinky Vajay Jay’ awareness campaign was held under the auspices of the SRC Women’s Commissioner, led by Miss. Beatrice Gyimah.
The main purpose of the event was to educate student’s especially female students about cervical cancer.
Speaking at the event, the Founder of the foundation, Hajia Hanatu Abubakar indicated that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 400,000 women are diagnosed of cervical cancer across the world yearly, however, about 275,000 women die and 80 per cent of these death cases were recorded in developing countries including Ghana.
She therefore entreated women to go for cervical cancer screening and look out for signs in order to prevent the spread of the diseases.
“Do not wait for signs to become stronger – acting early can lead to a full recovery,” Hajia Abubakar said.
She also distributed informational material to raise awareness about cervical cancer highlighting the importance of early detection.
Dr. Afua Commey of the Public Health Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said cervical cancer was sexually transmitted and stressed that men also had roles to play to ensure its prevention.
She said the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection is acquired through sex and though men do not have cervix, they can pass it on from an infected woman to the other.
Ms Beatrice Yeboah Gyimah, the Women’s Commissioner, Central University College, lauded AL-Hayaat foundation for the effort in creating awareness about cervical cancer.
She said cases of cervical cancer had been on the increase hence the need to educate young women on campuses about the disease.
Hajia Hanatu Abubakar has been engaged in a number of activities aimed to raise awareness and educate people about early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer.