Including childhood cancer in health insurance is a good move
An eight-year-old cancer survivor, Breanna Fosua Addai, says the inclusion of childhood cancer in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is a great relief for children with cancer and their parents.
Her comment followed an announcement the First Lady, Ms. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, made Monday during NHIS week to include childhood cancer in the NHIS benefit package.
Breanna Addai, who advocated for childhood cancer and hoped to become an ambassador for children with cancer, first made the appeal at the inauguration of the state-of-the-art 54-bed hostel built by the Rebecca Foundation for Children with Cancer in Korle-Bu in Accra.
She expressed her gratitude, saying: “For years we have struggled, The cost of treating childhood cancer, Far beyond our reach. For years we have hoped, For years we have prayed, For years we have advocated… Inclusion of childhood cancer in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHI)!
Today what was just a dream is becoming reality. The hopes and dreams of the entire childhood cancer family are coming to life.”
Little Breanna Addai also praised the Pediatric Oncology staff and associates, including the United Nations Children’s Fund and other organizations for their support in the fight against childhood cancer in Ghana.
“Thank you, pediatric oncology staff and staff across the country. Our voices have been heard! Thank you, Mama Rebecca! Our own dear mother! Thank you for always pushing the pediatric cancer agenda,” she stated.
She also praised the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) for leading its role in expanding the NHIS benefit package to include childhood cancer.
“Thank you, NHIA. Today we can smile. A cure is finally within the reach of every precious child. God bless you all,” she said.
She therefore called on the authorities to pay close attention to childhood cancer problems in the country, even though much is being done to reduce the cancer.