Ministry gets gift of products for cancer patients


17-October-2011

Dr Telemaque accepts a sample of the donation from Mrs Harryba. Looking on is Bishop Chang-Him


The hand-over of the donation, held at the Freedom Square, formed part of activities to mark the National Cancer Day.

Worth around R400,000, the products include bras, prostheses, ostomy pouches, colostomy bags, urostomy pouches, wigs, hats and scarves.

These products are key for the comfort and mobility of patients after surgery or other treatment. For example, a cancer patient who has followed chemotherapy treatment and has suffered loss of hair, will benefit from one of the wigs.

The donation has been made possible by the Friends of Seychelles in Australia, through Sophia Harryba, a young Seychellois studying there. Sophia’s mother handed over a sample of the donation to Ministry of Health representative Dr Henry Telemaque.

Bishop French Chang-Him, chairman of the CCA, said Dr Telemaque has worked closely with the association, especially since he is also a specialist in the field of cancer.

“This is the second such donation we have made to the ministry after one last year, and we are appealing to the general public to come forward and help us work towards addressing this cause and help our brothers and sisters in their fight against cancer,” Bishop Chang-Him said.

People who think they need any of these products are advised to contact the Oncology Unit at the Seychelles Hospital.

Meanwhile yesterday’s event to mark Cancer Day saw a good turnout from the public. There were those who wanted to learn more about cancer and others, especially past patients, who came to seek follow-up advice or learn about the recent developments relating to the condition.
 
Among the activities held was an exhibition, where people could learn about what cancer is, the various types, early detection and treatment and tips for a healthy lifestyle.
 
The event also had a strong message of Hope going around, hope for everyone who has been affected by cancer in one way or another.

There were stalls selling health food, such as fruit, vegetables and root crops.

CCA members were also on hand to advise people on how and the best things to eat to keep one’s body as strong as possible against cancer.

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