Cancer association opens Swakop centre

30 Sep 2017 14:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 29 SEP (NAMPA) - The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) which is Windhoek-based on Thursday opened its first regional centre in Swakopmund to cater for the Erongo Region.
The centre will provide cancer screening and testing, especially breast and cervical cancer testing.
More than 10 people were tested for free on Thursday.
Clients will be expected to contribute N.dollars 70 when they visit the centre for testing as CAN is mainly dependent on sponsorships and revenue from its fundraising activities.
Speaking at the opening, CAN’s Chief Executive Officer, Rolf Hansen said they wished to have more centres in the remaining 13 regions but there was no money to do so.
The Swakopmund centre building was donated by resident Heiko Behrens.
Hansen said the centre will now provide full time access to their services and allow many people to be tested and be referred for treatment.
“Now that we have a tangible office, we will inspire hope, activate change and impact on lives,” Hansen said.
The CEO said awareness was very important in combating cancer and this was what they had been doing as CAN.
“Statistics shows that 10 people are diagnosed with cancer in Namibia daily. We therefore need to find a way to deal with cancer, which is to talk about it and do regular tests.”
Hansen asked Government to provide a ward for cancer patients at the State hospital in Swakopmund.
Officiating at the event, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Juliet Kavetuna urged all the companies to compel their female staff to go for screening every month.
Such staff are expected to in turn inform and encourage their families who will then inspire other people to go for cancer screening.
Kavetuna said Government does not fund CAN but the organisation was doing great work.
She also thanked sponsors and partners of CAN such as Standard Bank, Bank Windhoek, Gondwana Namibia and First National Bank.
“We are proud of ourselves as a country because our health system is good,” said Kavetuna.
Other services provided by CAN is transport for chemotherapy patients from the coast to Windhoek, especially to the house for children.
They also provide nappies to home care patients.