The symposium is being driven by the increasing cases of cancer and as the premier of the island, Joseph parry has indicated, as he gave his support to the event, that Nevis has been witnessing a number of residents battling the dreaded disease, recognizing that it is time to fight a smarter war against cancer.
The government has called on citizens to attend the Oncology symposium and to be more proactive in their response to cancer.
The symposium is part of World Cancer Day (WCD) activities, which was celebrated for the first time in Nevis on February 4, 2012, but activities will be extended throughout the month of February under the theme: “Together it is possible”.
Health Planner in the Nevis Island Administration, Mrs. Nicole Slack-Liburd says, “The symposium promises to be very informative and rewarding.”
Mrs. Slack-Liburd also noted that an astounding 27 cases have been diagnosed in Nevis in 2011, with prostate cancer topping the list.
Discussions on Cancer and the government’s response to care, treatment and financing will be the focal point of the Symposium. Participants will also hear testimonies of cancer survivors.
Non-government organizations (NGO’s), such as Pink Lilly, a cancer awareness group, and Nevis Maternal Health Fund, which has developed a video locally, will also be making presentations.