SPEECH BY THE FIRST LADY, H.E. MRS. REBECCA AKUFFO ADDO,   AT THE 7TH BCI GHANA  WALK FOR THE CURE, KOFORIDUA, SATURDAY OCTOBER 14, 2017

OUR NOBLE CHIEFS AND QUEENMOTHERS,
THE EASTERN REGIONAL MINISTER,
DISTINGUISHED DEPUTY MINISTERS PRESENT,
HONORABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS,
DISTINGUISHED INVITED GUESTS, STUDENTS,

I bring you warm greetings from H.E., The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
I am exceedingly happy to be associated with today’s landmark event, the 7th BCI Ghana race for the cure, which event has brought together thousands of enthusiastic participants drawn from civil society organizations, religious institutions, and academia.
Ladies and Gentlemen, my personal pet project on maternal and child care, dovetails into the anti- breast cancer campaign, completing my over-arching interest for a holistic health care delivery package for our mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives.
I have keenly followed the exemplary and heroic advocacy campaign by Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, and may I quickly commend the Board and management of Breast Care International, undoubtedly Africa’s foremost anti- breast cancer campaigner, for freely screening thousands of women since inception in 2002, among several other human-centered programs.
Nananom, the NPP Administration, fully appreciates the immeasurable role of BCI and promises sustained collaboration in the short-to media term to free the countless women suffering from this debilitating disease for subsequent integration into mainstream society, to boost prosperity.
Nananom,  I say with a lot of pride that the contemporary Ghanaian woman cannot be resourceful more, as evidenced in Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, a woman of substance, who has single-handedly fought this battle, bringing to the fore the effects of breast cancer on women and productivity.
The theme for this year’s event, “OUR BREASTS, LET’S CHECK THEM”, is instructive, to the extent that it underlines our collective desire to fight the disease head-on, and bring relief to  our  women.
I am challenging BCI President Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai, to increase the number of survivors from the present 800 to two thousand in the foreseeable future in a bid to boost public confidence in the various treatment options of the disease.
Nananom, Honorable Regional Minister, BCI, has indeed acquitted itself as a credible Organization by expanding the frontiers  of breast cancer education with the launch of the Basic Oncology project barely two months ago on the theme“ Ensuring early stage presentation of breast and cervical cancers; community based nurses show the way”.  This novelty further underscores your ingenuity as a pro-poor, pubic- spirited Organization
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, the basic oncology training project is a novelty that could only have come from the far-sighted and visionary leader in the person of Dr. Beatrice Wiafe who has resisted all obstacles, natural and artificial, to have envisioned the training of one hundred and twenty nurses who would be embedded in communities as a rapid response health unit, thereby bringing breast cancer screening and diagnosis, closer to the people.
The novelty project, partnered by the Government, reflects the President’s resolve to integrate the private and nonpublic sector into the mainstream economy by joining hands with resourceful individuals and companies, to create employment opportunities for the youth who are keen on exploiting ingenuity to engender National growth and Development.
Before resuming my seat, permit me,  distinguished guests, to commend the New Juabeng Omanhene, Professor Emeritus Daasebre Nana Oti Boateng for incorporating this program into activities lined-up to mark this year’s Akwantukese.
We are grateful and wish the chiefs, Queen mothers, and the good people of the Eastern region, a happy and memorable “Akwantukese”. Thank you all for the attention,
LONG LIVE GHANA.