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Breast cancer awareness Month | Coastweek

Coastweek-- Voyager Beach Resort female staff in a procession to mark this years Breast cancer awareness Month. The event is being observed country wide this month of october. PHOTO BY TITUS MUSAU

Free ‘Breast Cancer Camps’ To Be Held In Ukunda, Kwale

Coastweek-- Mombasa residents turned up in large numbers to participate in this year’s Breast Cancer Walk 2018 organized by Aga Khan Hospital and Machele Foundation.

The walk begun at the Aga Khan Hospital through the Central Business District and was flagged off by Mombasa County Executive in charge of Tourism Fawz Rashid on behalf of Tourism  Cabinet  Secretary Najib Balala.

In his speech, Balala said the campaign against breast cancer is in line with the National Government’s “Big 4 Action Plan” of Universal Healthcare.

He disclosed that currently 54 women have been focusing on creating awareness and support breast cancer survivors emotionally and financially as early detection provides the best chance of cure.

He applauded the Aga Khan hospital for starting a support group in 2001 called the Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group (BCASG).

“Later BCASG bore the Breast Cancer Survivors of Coast (BRECASCO) - a community-based organization,” he pointed out.

The CS called on the coastal tourism stakeholders to partner with the Mombasa County government to ensure the requisite public health for both the local population and tourists.

Balala announced that a free breast cancer camp will be held on October 26 at the hospital while in Ukunda and Kwale counties it will be on October 27.

The free breast camp will be in Kilifi county on November 10.

He said he is glad to note that NHIF is now covering chemotherapy and encouraged more women to register with the NHIF, so that they may enjoy a more comprehensive medical cover.

“I am well-informed that the hospital has rolled out its free camps to other counties, starting with Taita Taveta at Voi Town at the end of this month,” he pointed out.

Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and County Secretary Francis Thoya were also present.

Speaking alongside the awareness walk at Patel Samaj, patron of Machele Foundation Mohamed Soud Machele said his foundation will support the campaign on cancer survivors.

He urged members of the public to undergo early test of the cancers to know their status early enough for treatment if they happen to have it.

“The foundation has been on the forefront in the awareness campaign to assist cancer survivors,” he noted.

The Machele Foundation patron has applauded the county government move of ensuring cancer survivors are covered through the NHIF.

The Aga Khan Hospital Head of Outreach Dr Sultana Sherman said it’s indeed a very exciting moment for BCASG adding they have worked tirelessly for over a decade creating awareness on breast cancer.

She said apart from creating awareness on breast cancer they have been raising funds and treating over 120 needy breast cancer patients.

“As we walk today into the streets of Mombasa raising awareness on breast cancer and announcing the dates of the free breast camp at Aga khan Hospital Mombasa the key message is early detection is the cure,” she pointed out.

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