The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) on Thursday donated a cheque for GH¢100, 000 to Sweden-Ghana Cancer Foundation (SGCF) in Accra.
The donation which would continue on a monthly basis is to support the foundation’s initiatives to provide financial support for early treatment of cancer patients who would not be able to afford the cost of treatment and to educate the public on the disease prevention.
Mrs Irene Duncan-Adanusa, General Secretary of GNAT said the association recognises that the initial contribution may appear inadequate, but the agreement makes provision for review of the rate of the contribution upwards annually.
She noted that although cancer treatment is very expensive, the National Health Insurance Scheme is not covering the process.
“Apart from the physical pain, the patient also undergoes bouts of mental depression,” she said.
Mrs Duncan-Adanusa said education and screening for early detection of the disease is very important and could also facilitate treatment.
She said the diseases have serious effects on dependents, family and care givers who go through a lot of physical and emotions stress.
Mrs Duncan-Adanusa said GNAT is interested in reinforcing education on cancer at all Regional and District centres and noted that a formal agreement has been contracted between the Association and the SGCF with regards to the identification and processing of cost service and possible discounts for GNAT members who use the services.