As a major Erasmus+ projects’ partner in Ghana, SEDARVP-GHANA marked this year’s #ERASMUSDAYS2020 with an activity to sensitize the women of Gbalahi community on breast cancer awareness and personal hygiene. This move was in line with the organization’s constant move to educating, informing and shaping the thoughts of rural women on basic but pertinent health practices. The move coincided with universal breast cancer awareness and screening month. As such, SEDARVP GHANA solicited the expertise of two health professionals from the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH).
Taken the women through breast cancer causes and detection Madam Eunice Akamba, a Principal Nursing Officer at the TTH Plastic/Thoracic and Oncology unit insisted that early detection of breast cancer is the major means to killing the disease. She therefore, cautioned the women to make it their routine in breast cancer screening. She also advised the women to give support to anyone of their relations who might have fallen infected with the disease as patients with breast cancer often suffer neglect. She added that the disease does not spread from person to person and that the only possible spread is lineage or a family member who would have had it.
Madam Iddi Emelia who is a Senior Nursing Officer attached to the Plastic/Thoracic and Oncology unit of the TTH also took the women through self-screening processes. She taught the women how to undertake the inspection or screening for breast cancer by themselves at home. She added that the participants pass what they have learnt to their colleagues who could not make it to the session.
The women themselves were truly excited and expressed gratitude to Sedarvp-Ghana and the resource persons for choosing their community to undertake this informative session. Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, the Magazia or leader of the women, Mama Abibata Mahama was full of praise for SEDARVP GHANA for constantly bringing such projects into their community. She was particularly grateful to the nurses for their patience in taken them through the session and hoped that similar informative programmes will always come to them.