BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH MARKED AT NDALAT GAA MARATHON
The Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked in countries across the world every October, it helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
The county government of Nandi through the department of health and sanitation launched its annual County Breast Cancer Awareness campaign to mark the global Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018 during the Isaiah Kiplagat Ndalat Gaa Marathon with a 500 meters race led by the Nandi Governor Stephen Sang and World Marathon Champion Eliud Kipchoge in honor of the day.
The month-long campaign will incorporate a comprehensive range of activities including intensive educational barazas, activation booths in major towns and rural settlements, distribution of educational and awareness materials in all health centres.
The campaign will target women aged 15-45, reminding them not to delay and book a screening appointment at any health facility in Nandi county.
“Raising awareness of breast cancer is a year-round goal for us. This year’s community outreach initiative aims at engaging the younger generation, so they will encourage their mothers to take action and get screened for breast cancer. This is a step towards raising awareness of the whole community, so they can play an active role in encouraging people to get screened,” said Dr. Joseph Kangor, the acting director for health.
Commemorative black or pink shirts adorned with the pink ribbon logo is associated with the fight against breast cancer.