The Central Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Akosua Owusu-Sarpong has expressed shock at the number of people dying as a result of Cancer indicating that the number is more than deaths associated with HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
She revealed that the World Health Organization estimates that, globally, more than 11 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, adding that, cancer causes seven million deaths every year of the 58 million deaths worldwide.
Dr. Owusu-Sarpong revealed that the Global Cancer Observatory Network(GLOBOCAN) estimates that 16,600 cases of cancer occur annually in Ghana, yielding an age-standardized rate of 109.5 cases per 100,000 persons.
The Regional Health Director disclosed this when the ROCHE team and some dignitaries visited the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital(CCTH) to commission a Cold Room and launch of CCTH collaboration in Oncology Service to improve the lives of cancer patients in the Central Region and Ghana as whole.
It was held with a “Bringing World Class Quality Care Closer to our People-Changing the Narrative”.
“As a regional health service, we are always looking forward to opportunities to promote health and increase access to health care services for the people in the region” Dr. Owusu-Sarpong stated.
She suggested to the Oncology unit to use the facilities as outreach points to reach many persons in the communities for screening and the early detection.
The County’s Director of ROCHE, Dr. Philip Anderson said his outfit has expanded partnership with Ghana Ministry of Health to improve Cancer, opening first of three new cancer centres at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.
He disclosed that cancer is one of the most significant public health challenges in Ghana with more than 24,000 new cases diagnosed in 2020 and more than 15,800 people dying from the disease of all cancers.
On her part, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority(NHIA), Dr. Lydia Dsane Selby said her outfit is working hard to include prostate cancer and some childhood cancers in the benefit package.
She disclosed that breast and cervical cancer are currently covered and assuring that by the close of 2021 childhood cancers and prostate cancer will also be covered.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Dr. Eric Kofi Ngyedu saluted ROCHE Ghana for partnering with the hospital to improve the provision of cancer services for better quality health care delivery to their clients
He again commended ROCHE Ghana for refurbishment of the hospital’s Chemo Suite to include Oncology pharmacy where they would make available various types of cancer medicines affordable to patients.
Dr. Kofi Ngyedu disclosed that only two public hospitals Korlu-Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital(KATH) provides cancer services in Ghana burdens these facilities and lengthens the time to access specialist, a situation which affects quality prognosis.