The Executive Secretary of the Lifeline for Childhood Cancer Foundation Ghana, Akua Sarpong, has urged the government to expand the scope of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to address childhood cancer treatment and the associated medical complications.
Speak with Joy PrimeBenjamin Akakpo said Monday, “children are vulnerable, hence the need for the government to prioritize their well-being.” She added that it is a travesty to see how children have been neglected in terms of NHIS policy coverage.
“We claim that children are the future leaders, but they are not treated as claimed. This is because they are invincible and voiceless,” she stated.
Childhood cancer, also known as childhood cancer, is a general term used to describe a range of cancer types found in children under the age of 15.
Usually, there is no known cause for childhood cancer. Cancer in children can behave very differently from cancer in adults, even if they start in the same part of the body.
Cancer starts when healthy cells change and spiral out of control. In most cancers, these cells form a mass called a tumor. A tumor can be malignant or benign. A cancerous tumor is malignant, meaning it can grow and spread to other parts of the body. A benign tumor means that the tumor can grow but will not spread to distant parts of the body.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and a time to recognize children and families affected by childhood cancer and emphasize the importance of supporting research into this devastating condition.
Adding its voice to the awareness campaign, the executive secretary said, the government must shoulder the cost of treating childhood cancer because it is expensive. This, she says, will help reduce the number of cases in the country and ease the financial burden on parents.
She insisted that if breast and cervical cancers in the elderly are covered by the policy, there will be no more waiting for childhood cancers to be placed on the NHIS.
“It is important to prioritize children’s health care, victims of childhood cancer need the support of the government. NHIS needs to take care of it without arguments,” she pleaded.