A former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia has called for more investment and education on cancer of the blood disease, leukemia to help eliminate stigma and support victims.
Leukaemia is a group of blood cancers that usually begin in the bone marrow and result in high numbers of abnormal blood cells. In December last year, the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) recorded a rise in the case of Ghanaian children.
Speaking at the launch of a book on leukemia, Alex Segbefia said creating awareness and massive education on the disease is one of the surest ways to manage the disease which is killing many in the country.
“There is some stigma attached to some cancers, but in actual fact, not infectious diseases but people shy away because it’s almost as if this person is cursed, and that for me is key.
“So education is very important and then making sure that we invest and then train our people properly.”
“Dying Many Times, The struggles” is a book that tells the story of a young mother, wife and student whose dreams were prematurely terminated by Leukemia.
The book was authored by Corporate Communications Practitioner, Benjamin Akyena Brantuo with the aim of improving education about the disease and some feedback to health professionals.
Mr Brantuo, in the book, also recommended setting up a fund to support people living with cancer.
However, Mr Segbefia noted that the suggestion put in the book about setting up a fund is just a starting point as cancer entails more than just Leukemia.
“There is much illness that people do not know about. If you say Fistula, people don’t know what it is, if you are not the lady who suffers or has gone through pregnancy, you would not know that even there is such a difficulty,” he noted.
“It exists so you have to find ways of dealing with different illnesses, you can’t know everything if you are not in the medical field,” he added.
- Russia ‘will bomb any country that arrests Putin’ – Former Russian president
- Social media reacts to Afena-Gyan’s rejection of Black Meteors call-up
- Beige Bank case: Nyinaku accused of issuing misleading investment certificates to unsuspecting customers
- AFCON 2023Q: Antoine Semenyo nets last-ditch winner as Black Stars beat Angola
- Afenyo-Markin pleads for confirmation of ministerial nominees
- Ghana v Angola: Jordan Ayew, Kudus start as Chris Hughton era begins
- Funny Face opens up on relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor
- Volta ECG reconnects Ho Airport, GRA, others after payments
- Ashaiman invasion: We have been commended for ridding town of criminals – DG of Armed Forces Public Affairs
- Afena-Gyan turns down Black Meteors invitation for AFCON qualifier against Algeria
- EcoZoil marks World Water Day with beach clean-up and public sensitisation exercises
- Increasing taxes not conditionality for IMF board approval – Dr. Ali Nkayea
- Government’s new tax measures are anti-business – Mark Aboagye
- Ghana is not poor, we are only being poorly managed – Dr. Ali-Nakyea
- Former MP files nomination with a vow to win back Daboya/Makarigu seat
- ECG’s swoop in Nungua District identifies 48 illegal connections
- Playback: PM Express discuss IMF Programme conditionalities
- I didn’t attend the seminary to become a Priest – Rev. Akua Boateng
- Ghana power firms reject move to restructure $1.4bn debt
- God’s Ministers key to national decision-making – New EC Board member
- Don’t expect normal procedures when the military is called into action – Brigadier Aggrey Quarshie
- Agric Minister woos rice investors in Thailand to Ghana
- ‘Ghana Today’ platform initiative is good but not enough – Executive Director of Penplusbytes
- I’m not disappointed ‘Downflat Remix’ wasn’t a hit – Kelvyn Boy
- Nyarko is a helpless romantic in new single ‘You’