NATIONAL BASIC ONCOLOGY TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY BASED NURSES | The Medical and Intellectual community assembling in the Ashanti regional capital, Kumasi, for the formal opening of the National Basic Oncology Training Program For Community Based Nurses, have concurred that conference theme: “ENSURING EARLY STAGE PRESENTATION OF CANCERS; COMMUNITY BASED NURSES PAVE THE WAY, aptly envisions the over-arching desire to drive down breast cancer statistics particularly in Ghana, and Africa generally.
“BCI President/Founder, and conference convener /Facilitator, Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, in an overview, noted, ‘’In the last couple of years, we have, in keeping with our cherished objects, helped restore hope, failing health, created job opportunities, and mentored thousands, and I daresay we have been meeting these set goals with spectacular success, given the feedback we collate after each program on our working calendar.”
The choice of conference theme ”ensuring early stage presentation of breast and cervical cancers; community based nurses pave the way” was dictated by our quest to empower the next generation of nurses, using the one hundred and twenty community based nurses as the nucleus and model, to transform the nursing profession, as we embed them in the communities.
The success of early stage presentation of breast and cervical cancers largely depends on increased visibility of embedded nurses at the community level, which comes with the added advantage of bonding our patients to our health care givers as one big, united family poised for breast cancer eradication and the transformation of the nursing profession.
She observed that “While it has been encouraging exerting energies in fighting stereotypes, BCI would certainly be better for it if we remained focused in celebrating survivorship, a potent tool in the struggle against misconceptions about the disease. BCI is determined to permanently change the template by re-writing Ghana’s breast cancer story”. She affirmed.
Ten Facilitators drawn from Ghana, France, India, Morocco and the United States of America agreed modern nursing required innovation, initiative, drive, and refusal to be impeded by artificial barriers, most of them social, and counter-productive, to the core work of the community based nurses in diagnosing and referring cases promptly to Hospitals.
We acknowledge our sponsors and partners whose unyielding and unwavering moral, financial and material support has made this worthy cause possible.
“The decision to embed the one hundred and twenty nurses in the pilot regions of Eastern and Ashanti, is our modest contribution to reducing unemployment in the formal sector”, She concluded.