The Zambia Childhood Cancer Foundation (ZACCAF) has called on all Zambians to join hands and help fight cancer in children, by promoting early diagnosis.
ZACCAF chairperson Charity Pikiti said cancer in children is easily cured especially if it has been detected early, hence the need for early diagnosis.
Mrs Pikiti noted that some parents sought medical attention for their children with cancer, when it had already reached an advanced stage, reducing a child’s chances of survival.
“We are looking forward to a cancer free generation, and our first step is to ensure that children no longer suffer from it. Early diagnosis means more chances of curing the cancer especially in children,” she said.
Mrs Pikiti revealed that ZACCAF does not only help children with cancer, but also renders assistance to children with haemophilia and sickle Cell, adding that so far the foundation had rendered assistance to more than 60 children with cancer, over 45 with Haemophilia, and with sickle cell.
She said ZACCAF normally rendered psychosocial assistance, and helped with transport logistics, food support for wards, and had volunteers who undertook therapies at the ward.
“The foundation even held a two-day training workshop in July this year, for over 20 nurses and some physiotherapists in a bid to maintain the goal of mobilizing medical equipment and medicines,” Mrs Pikiti said.
She revealed that the foundation had been working hand in hand with the Government and had called on other stakeholders and ordinary citizens to join hands in the fight against cancer.
“Doing things in isolation and working alone does not work. We need concernted effort. The support from Government is overwhelming. We are working very well especially when it comes to drugs,” she said.
Mrs Pikiti appealed for continued support from every individual, stating that that the project would not stop anytime soon, but would stand ‘‘the test of time’’.