Prof. Lorna Awo Renner, the head of the Pediatric Oncology Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), has made a heartfelt request for financial support to fight childhood cancers.
According to her, the cost involved in seeking healing of cancer a child suffering from, not only left some families bankrupt but some have lost their properties, while others have gone deeper into poverty.
She declared that there should be no family who has to decide between putting food on the table, sending a child to school or seeking treatment for a child with cancer. Unluckily, because of the disastrous cost of childhood cancer treatment and medicines, these are the choice families with children along with their cancer; have to make in lesser middle income countries like Ghana.
Prof. Lorna Awo Renner also observed that while the country records around one thousand childhood cancer cases annually, seventy per cent of such children do not have access to treatment because there are only two complete treatment centers in the country as well parents’ incapability to pay for the cost of treatment at those services.
‘The usual form of cancers in children which include eye, kidney and lymphomas and their treatment cost is about GH¢4,000 for the entire treatment cycle of between four and eight months, while others, especially leukemia, could cost up to GH¢25,000 for treatment of about three years.
Prof. Renner observed that the depressing thing is that about eighty per cent of children with cancer can be cured and live productive lives if they get right of entry to treatment.
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