The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) is encouraging parents with children affected by cancer to register with the scheme to guarantee effective treatment of the illness.

Chairman of the Governing Board of the NHIA, Dr. Ernest Kwarko says early detection of childhood cancers is significant for profitable treatment.

He was talking at a childhood cancer consciousness walk in Kumasi.

The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has begun overlaying some childhood cancers.

These contains Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, Burkitt Lymphoma, Retinoblastoma and Wilms Tumor.

These 4 cancers are said to represent roughly 60 percent of all Childhood Cancers and are extremely curable if detected early.

The walk noticed members tour the principal streets of the Central Business District and Bantama township amidst brass band music to elevate consciousness of the illness and the intervention by the Authority.

“Childhood cancer, when detected early, is completely curable. Every child that has cancer must register with the scheme and even children who don’t have cancer because you don’t know when your child will need it,” said Dr. Ernest Kwarko.

Head of the paediatric oncology Unit at the Komfo Anokye instructing hospital, Dr. Vivian Paintsil was apprehensive insufficient areas hindered the administration of sufferers.

He called on benevolent people and establishments to help create extra areas.

“We have a very small space for them, just a 10-bed unit, and when they come from far away, it becomes difficult for the mothers to sleep over. So, we want people to help us build a mother’s hostel,” she pleaded.

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