The Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly has launched a project dubbed C/CAN 2025 Project and championed by Geneva-based Union for International Cancer Control, UICC, which aims at safeguarding cancer in the world thereby reducing cancer mortality by 25% by 2025,
Minister for Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, launched the programme in Kumasi.
Kumasi was selected during the World’s Cancer Leaders’ Summit held in Palacio De Mineria, Mexico as the first city in Africa and fourth in the world, aside Paragua, Columbia and Myanmar to host the C/CAN 2025 Project.
The city of Kumasi was chosen following the availability of a Cancer Registry at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hosputal (KATH), the treatment of cancers and cancer care at KATH and the Peace and Love Hospital including other facilities gave Kumasi the opportunity to roll out the project.
According to the UICC, 15 million cancer cases are being recorded worldwide annually and 10 million cancer patients die annually.
70 percent out of 25 million cancer cases are from low and middle income countries while 52 percent of the world’s population is living in these countries/cities.
In a speech read by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, he revealed that the project will do a great service to the people of Kumasi and Africa and will drastically reduce cancer cases and also improve on effective cancer treatment. He added that Kumasi being the first city in Africa and fourth in the world to host the project has made it a self-recognized city in the control and treatment of cancer.
KMA Mayor, Mr. Osei Assibey Antwi, lauded the organizers, especially leaders of UICC for selecting Kumasi as the first city in Africa and fourth to host the programme.
This, he said, would be a great achievement for the people of Ghana and Kumasi and pledged to work jointly with all stakeholders to ensure the realization of the city C/CAN 2025 Project.
The Mayor stressed further that the initiative would support reduced cancer related diseases and his outfit will soon set up a secretariat for the project to ensure effective and efficient implementation.
By David Armstrong