Integrate the cost of treatment for cervical cancer into the health insurance plan – Family medicine specialist

A family medicine resident at Korle-Bu Polyclinic, Dr Naa Koowa Coker, lamented the state’s failure to incorporate the cost of cervical cancer screening and treatment into the regimen. Health Insurance.

Speaking on Joy FM‘s Ultimate health showOn Sunday, she noted that over the years, funding has been one of the biggest setbacks in bringing the disease under control as people have to do it at their own expense.

“I think overall, as a nation, we haven’t done our best in the fight against cervical cancer. We have to get the policies and put the selection process into the insurance plan because the funding is a failure.

“WHO recommends HPV DNA testing as the gold standard, but most people cannot afford it,” she said, begging the government to factor it into the insurance scheme. sickness.

In addition, she called for increased education on the causes, prevention and treatment across the country.

She proposed that such sensitization be provided at the grassroots level and be incorporated into educational curricula.

“In women’s education, we should have it as part of our reproductive health education up to primary school. We haven’t even integrated it well into the curriculum. We should let young girls know that something like this exists and even start the vaccination to prevent them from getting it, ”she said.

For her part, Dr Elsie Adjacodjoe, family medicine resident at Korle-Bu Polyclinic, revealed that a total of 2,797 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in Ghana last year.

She said of that number, 1,699 deaths were recorded, leaving 1,098 survivors.

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