The Greater Accra Chapter of the Forestry Commission Ladies Association (FCLA) in collaboration with Human Resources (HR) Department of the Forestry Commission (FC) , have marked the Breast Cancer Awareness month (October), by organising a Health Talk under the global theme , “ Close The Care Gap” .
The President of FCLA Greater Accra Chapter, Mrs. Sandra Frempong, in delivering the purpose of the gathering hammered on the need to reduce the risk of breast cancer by educating others about the disease.
Mrs Anne Brown, Director of HR ,added that although the disease mostly affects women, men should get involved by encouraging their family members to get screened and seek early treatment.She encouraged all to visit the hospital for regular check-ups as early detection saves lives.
The resource person,Madam Isabella Hutton , a Senior Midwifery Officer from the Achimota Hospital, indicated that about 3,000 women are diagnosed of Breast Cancer annually. Out of the said number, 30% are below the age of 35 and 70% are already at the advanced stage. It claims the lives of 5% of the total number. She urged all to visit the hospital regularly to get checked as that helps to detect the disease in its early stage for treatment.
Mr.Nyadia Sulemana Nelson, the Deputy Chief Executive (FSD) , expressed his appreciation to the FCLA executives and Mrs Anne Brown for organizing such an educative program.
He also mentioned that “Health is wealth and good health is a whole family challenge, so we have to be healthy to be productive in the work environment”.
The programme came to an end with an interactive and health screening sessions for staff.