North Tongu MP, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has donated a cervical cancer screening machine, the AmpFire HPV Detection System manufactured by US-based Atila Biosystems Inc., to the Battor Catholic Hospital in the Volta Region.
The machine will be used by the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre in Battor for screening women to detect and treat precancerous lesions of the cervix so that they do not develop into cervical cancer.
According to the North Tongu Catholic Hospital, the implications are huge for all women in Ghana, therefore, the donation of the cervical cancer machine by the MP will help reduce the cost of screening for women in the area.
“The gesture by Mr Ablakwa will revolutionise cervical cancer prevention in Ghana,” a statement from the Battor Catholic Hospital said.
The statement further said: “Worldwide, over half a million women are diagnosed every year with cervical cancer with over 85 per cent of these women in developing countries.”
It added: “Many developed countries have successfully reduced the incidence of cervical cancer by instituting organised cervical cancer prevention programmes involving vaccination and screening to detect precancerous lesions of the cervix, and treating them before they develop into cancer. Unfortunately, Ghana has no HPV vaccination programme or an organised cervical cancer screening programme.”
Dr Kofi Effah, the Head of the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre, who made an appeal two months ago to the Member of Parliament, thanked him on behalf of the management of the hospital for his exemplary leadership and continuous interest in the progress of the Battor Catholic Hospital.