“Dedicated efforts of stakeholders will ensure the success of a cancer registry. The registry, will assist the nation make practical interventions to curb the increasing cases of cancer,” the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service,. Ebenezer Appiah Denkyira has said.
He made the observation in a speech read on his behalf at the inauguration of the Advisory and Technical Committee of the Accra Cancer Registry.
He noted that the Committee should ensure that in due course the Accra Cancer Registry would expand outside Accra and join the Kumasi Cancer Registry so that Ghana can have a population-based one.
He said the country has a national strategy to curb cancer, but this will need data from the communities, thus, the Accra and Kumasi Cancer Registries, to enable better planning and interventions.
He assured the committee of the support of the GHS, but also urged them to do all they can so that the registry does not collapse like former ones had become.
The committee is made up of the heads of the major Sub-BMCs in Korle Bu, Radiotherapy, representatives from the Ghana Statistical Service and other hospitals in Accra were sworn into office at the brief ceremony held at the GMA, house. The Registry will be collecting data on cancer cases which are reported in the selected districts and metropolis in Accra.
Speaking on behalf of the Committee, Prof I.K. Gyasi, the head of the Advisory and Technical Committee urged all stakeholders to support their activities by giving them the needed information when they call upon them.
He said members of the committee would do all they can to ensure the Accra Cancer Registry’s success.
A Cancer Registry collects detailed information about cancer patients and the treatments they receive. The data collected is then used by stakeholders and government to employ strategies to curb increasing cases of cancer. For instance, the Registry will enable stakeholder know if people in a particular area are prone to a particular type of cancer, are not being screened for cancer, etc. A successful cancer registry will therefore give new information so they know if their solution works.