Media practitioners briefed on World Cancer Day preparations

first_imgBy Sarjo Camara-Singateh The health promotion and education directorate under the ministry of health and social welfare, on Thursday 14th of January briefed the press on its readiness to create massive cancer awareness walk, which is slated for 4th February, 2016. This coincides with the world cancer day, according to Mr. Modou Njai the Director of HealthPromotion and Education. He said the event is planned to start from the new National Assembly in Banjul where everyone will converge and walk to create awareness on the disease and the theme for the event is “We can, I can”. He stated that the localize theme is “We can, I can, The Gambia Can” According to Mr. Modou Njai preparations are on high gears and they need the media to continue fostering their kind relations that they were accorded with. He noted that the backdrop of this effort is to create cancer awareness and to raise support in various ways for the revitalization of the existing cancer unit at Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital Mr. Njai said this cancer awareness walk is organized by the ministry of health and social welfare and the office of the first lady who is spearheading the event. Mr. Njai said the event will attract speeches from health personnel, presentations, display of information and education materials on various cancers. He said cancer is a concern, Gambia he said, is faced with four types of cancers, namely cervical, prostate, breast and liver cancers. He noted that they have established a national task force that has various committees to ensure that the event would be successful. Mr. Abdoulie Janneh a focal person on cervical cancer at the ministry of health said the cancer walk will enable people to know more about the disease; he said currently five health fertilities are screening centres for interested persons to know their status. He noted that in the case of cervical cancer they targeted grade 3 (nine to thirteen years old) children in West Coast Region which is a two year programme, and the idea is to have Gambia women free from cancer. He urged people to come out undergo cancer screening. Mr. Janneh said they are also vaccinating against hepatitis B too. Mr. Omar Badjie, programme manager non-communicable diseases and focal point on tobacco, who chaired the briefing said there is an event on cancer and of the traditional support of the. He said in totality seven cancers exist, but in the Gambia we have four cancers, he said cancer is very painful, it has no cure, he noted that someone with cancer only receive palliative care Mr. Lamin Sanyang, a health promotion and education officer gave the vote of thanks. Mr. Sanjally Trawally, the deputy director of health promotion and education directorate gave the closing remarks. He also acknowledged the support given to them by the media during the Ebola outbreak. He further stated the need for the media to give a helping hand in this cancer awareness creation walk.last_img read more