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Government to establish cancer centres acorss Ghana

| Updated Jun 05, 2018 at 3:54pm



Government has committed itself to establishing cancer centres at selected sites across the country for the diagnoses, treatment, management and control of all forms of cancers.

Government also plans to bear the cost of detection and management of cancers under the National Health Insurance Scheme in future.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, made this known in Kumasi, at the inaugural executive meeting of the Kumasi City Cancer Project.

The Kumasi Cancer Project, which is a three-year project, is part of the Cancer Cities Challenge, C-CAN 2025 agenda of the Union for International Cancer Control, UICC to detect, manage and reduce all forms of cancers.

Kumasi is the fourth city to be selected by UICC to champion the initiative globally and the first in Africa. At the Executive Inaugural Meeting in Kumasi was a delegation of the UICC led by its Director of Regional Operations, Melissa Render-Garcia.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu said the current government has committed itself to the fight against cancer as enshrined in the NPP’s 2016 Campaign Manifesto.

He therefore described the Kumasi Cancer Project as a laudable initiative that could lead to the reduction of all forms of cancers, at least, by 25 per cent by the end of the three-year project period.

He noted that the Executive Committee of the Project which will provide directions among other initiatives for the attainment of the set goals of the Project, involves representatives from the Ministry of Health and its agencies, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly among other key interest groups.

The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Osei Assibey Antwi, said the KMA, with the assistance of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council has secured office accommodation for the smooth operation of the Project.

He gave the assurance that every effort will be geared towards making the Kumasi Cancer City Project a model for the rest of the world and called for the support of all stakeholders to enable the Project to succeed.

The UICC’s Director of Regional Operations, Melissa Render-Garcia, said the selection of Kumasi as one of the four Cities globally to pilot the Cancer Cities Challenge Project was based on the level of commitment of the political leadership of Ghana particularly Kumasi to deal with the problem of cancer.


Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
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Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu
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