The Cape Coast Teaching Hospital has inaugurated a cancer registry centre and chemotherapy suite to facilitate the management of cancer cases in the Central Region of Ghana.
The registry was established by Dr. Robert Mitchell Memorial Foundation (RoMMeF); a foundation set up by Emma Mitchell, mother of Dr. Mitchell, after losing him to cancer.
The establishment of the cancer registry makes Cape Coast Teaching Hospital the first health facility to operate one, after the two major hospitals, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
The Daily Graphic reports that the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, in a speech read on his behalf, observed that there was the need for the country to obtain a cost-effective and sustainable method of cancer data collection and analysis. This, he explained, will inform policies and strategies for the country.
The acting Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Dr. Eric Ngyedu, said the facility would help the hospital capture accurate data on all patients diagnosed with cancer.
For her part, Mitchell noted that her foundation has made significant strides in the fight against cancer.