The Provost of the College of Health and Allied Sciences, University of Cape Coast, Prof Harold Steward Amonoo-Kuofie has called on the National Health Insurance Authority [NHIA] to put treatment of childhood cancer on the National Health Insurance Scheme [NHIS].
According to him, the medications needed for the treatment of these cancers are very expensive which most parents cannot afford. This, he said, has resulted in the increase in the mortality rate of child cancer in Ghana.
Speaking in an interview on ATL FM on Thursday, Prof. Amonoo Kuofie said the efforts at addressing the issue do not match the level of urgency of child cancer in the country.
He stressed the need for the health ministry to give immediate attention to childhood cancer.
Childhood cancer or pediatric canver is basically cancer in a child and affects children from ages 0-14. However, the definition of childhood cancer sometimes includes young adults between 15–19 years old.
Statistics indicate that annually, about 1,000 children are affected by childhood cancer in Ghana. Out of this number, only 30% of the cases are reported.
Source: Vera Siripi / ATL FM NEWS