Take cancer awareness outside of Georgetown – GTT concludes Pinktober with gala and dinner

DPI, GUYANA, Sunday, October 28, 2018

Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, encouraged GTT and its partners to spread their cancer awareness message to persons residing beyond Georgetown. GTT concluded Pinktober, a month of activities in observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a dinner and gala at the Marriott Hotel on Sunday evening.

“In moving forward, I’d like to see us taking our message to them, educating them and apprising them of the services that are free of cost either by the government or the NGOs,” Minister Lawrence charged in her keynote address.

Minister Lawrence reiterated that early screening is critical to beating cancer. She added the government, through her ministry, has prioritised the welfare of its citizens.

The Minister explained the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) offers free screening for cancer while the Oncology Department is ready to work with persons diagnosed with cancer.

We at the Ministry are trying to make available medication which is quite expensive, but which has proven to be highly effective, in treating … one of the hormones responsible for breast cancer,” Minister Lawrence revealed.

“We are all striving to realise the same objective,” Minister Lawrence reminded those present even as she commended the Pinktober initiative.

CEO of GTT, Justin Nedd, said the aim of Pinktober is to ensure a healthy society while raising funds for cancer treatment and prevention.

“So ultimately, with our partners … we intend to raise $100Million for awareness and for the oncology department because we need a healthy society,” Nedd said.

During the gala, several cancer warriors were honoured, including Minister Lawrence. Pinktober was observed under the theme: “Together we can make a difference.”

Tiffny Rhodius.

Images: Jules Gibson.

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