Roche provides cancer treatment centre for Ho Teaching Hospital

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Cancer Centre
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Roche, an international healthcare company, in collaboration with the Ho Teaching Hospital, has establish a breast cancer treatment centre for the Hospital to ensure early diagnostics and prevent avoidable deaths.

The initiative includes the provision of two modern chemotherapy suits, which comes under a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Government, through the Ministry of Health.

Among other things, the centre would create awareness, screening, and treatment of breast cancer, and viral hepatitis.

It will also serve patients with other cancers, and help ensure early diagnosis to prevent avoidable deaths and complications.

It is one of three such facilities to be established within the country by the lead provider of cancer treatment worldwide, Roche.

Dr Philip Anderson, the Country Manager of Roche, at the launch of the centre, said cancers were becoming a public health emergency, with women in their 20s and 30s reporting advanced conditions.

He said Roche, with more than a century’s presence in the health industry, had adopted a holistic approach to health delivery, and thus engaged in the partnership to help provide accessible total care.

“In Roche we believe that for every community or every ecosystem that we work in, it is our responsibility to impact and make sure that we are delivering the best possible outcome for the patient in these countries and in these health systems,” Dr Anderson said.

“Again, we believe that we need to impact the patient journey at the entire length and breadth of it, beginning from disease awareness, diagnostics, access to medicine, and access to treatment facilities that would enable the patient to receive the best of care possible,” he added.

He called for strong public private partnership towards addressing healthcare challenges in Ghana.

“We need to have partnerships that address the core problems of the very health challenges that are killing many people in this country,” Dr Anderson said.

The partnership supports the improvement of human capacity and access to medicines, and has succeeded in securing breast cancer treatment by health insurance.

Dr John Tampouri, the CEO of the Ho Teaching Hospital, said a backlog of facilities and upgrades kept growing, and therefore the partnership with Roche was long desired.

Health personnel at the Hospital have undergone training in cancer surveillance and diagnostics ahead of the launch.

He mentioned government’s plans to establish oncology centres at five major teaching hospitals across the country, of which the Volta Region would be a beneficiary.

“That is going to be a very huge leap in the management of cancer in the Region. That is what the partnership is bringing onboard, and we are hoping and praying it will continue, and it is going to actually help the people here and beyond.”

Dr Nelson Affram, the Head of Surgery at the Hospital, said a high count of breast cancer disease lingered, and would require all working as a team to resolve.

The Volta Region looked forward to hosting a full option cancer treatment system offering diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and CT scanning among other needed services, he said.

Mama Attrato II, Queenmother of Ho Dome, and a key health advocate, said the provision of the facility should encourage young women, in particular, to seek medical attention early.

“This is now an opportunity to encourage our young ones to go for screening,” she said.

She appealed to traditional leaders and the educational institutions to advocate more on periodic breast examination.

Mrs Patience Nutakor, a breast cancer survivor and campaigner in the Region, said: “Now the centre would provide privacy and encourage treatment.”

Professor Frank Edwin, the Dean of the School of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, who chaired the launch, said research and collaboration was required to ensure the availability of critical health facilities.

He urged all stakeholders to make the concern of breast cancer a matter for all.

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