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Founder of the Al-Hayaat Foundation, a non-profit organisation, Hajia Hanatu Abubakar has implored women to go for regular screening of cervical cancer as early detection of killer disease saves life.
She stated that it was very important for every woman to know their status because the disease was fast becoming common in the country.
Hajia Hanatu Abubakar told the media in Accra when her outfit organised a free cervical cancer screening and awareness programme for the Adenta community which was in collaboration with the Battor Catholic Hospital.
The exercise brought together about hundred women from Adenta and its environs.
Hajia Abubakar called on corporate bodies and individuals to join the campaign of preventing cervical cancer through awareness creation.
Touching on the prevalence rate of the disease, she stated that, World Health Organisation’s (WHO) statistics show that, about 400,000 women were diagnosed of cervical cancer across the world yearly, adding that about 275,000 women died and 80 per cent of these deaths were recorded in developing countries including Ghana.
“As a result of the impact of the silent killer on women in the society, there was a need for all to come on board to help address the menace,” she stressed.
The Founder of Al-Hayaat foundation said her outfit was poised on promoting healthy lifestyles and educating and empowering women through various ways.
Mrs. Comfort Mawusi Wormenor, a Nurse from the Catholic Hospital in Battor said fatigue, abnormal bleeding from the vagina, such as bleeding between menstrual periods, after sex, or after menopause, pain in the lower belly or pelvis, pain during sex and abnormal vaginal discharge were signs of the sexually transmitted disease.
She therefore reiterated the need for women who experienced such symptoms to rush to the hospital for immediate attention.
The health practitioner also advised men to be faithful to their partners to avoid the spread of the disease.
A participant of the screening exercise, Mrs. Salina Ahmed Tijani praised Al-Hayaat Foundation for the kind gesture and advised that such programmes should be extended to the rural areas as often as possible.
She asked men to always encourage their wives to report to the hospital for regular check-up so as to minimise the rate of the disease.
A beneficiary, Mrs. Paula Anagblah who travelled from Ayi Mensah also called on government to implement policies that would support the health of women especially those affected with cervical cancer.
She extolled the organisers for the awareness creation and screening exercise