There are only five (5) Mammography machines in Ghana serving a population of 23million. Two of these machines are in government hospitals in the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions and the rest in private facilities. The La General hospital located in Accra serves a wide catchment area and lacks the facilities to screen for breast and cervical cancers which constitutes about 70% of female cancers. The La community is a typical coastal and fishing community and the level of poverty and illiteracy is high.
Statistics show that current hospital visitation for screening is late and when the cancers are at Stage 3 or 4. Then it becomes too late to treat or cure. Currently about 40,000 females within the high risk age (35years and above) attend this facility without screening annually.This project will educate and facilitate early diagnosis and treatment. With outreach programs, the number of females to be screened can double to about 80,000 resulting in an annual per capita cost of screening of less than a dollar per patient.
Projects funds will purchase equipment and spare parts as trained personnel are already available.
The hospital is prepared to sign an MOU to guarantee the serviceability of the equipment from its Internally Generated Funds (IGF).