Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joy St. John, has not ruled out the possibility of having computers in polyclinics for persons who might want to sign the just-launched e-petition to end cervical cancer by requiring Caribbean governments to make testing available and affordable to all women.
When asked if there were other methods being used to reach older audiences that may not be familiar with online systems, St. John told media last evening after the launch of the Barbados Cancer Society and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition-led e-petition that the online petition was reaching a range of persons and not just the youth.
But, she said: “In terms of the availability of a computer, there are computers available for the staff but if we are going to have it available to sign on to the e-petition we would have to make different arrangements, which are not difficult to be made.
“The other issue is that the e-petition is available on Facebook and I know a lot of people, not just young people, because I am an avid Facebooker and I’m on my way to 2,400 friends, a lot of people log on to Facebook, so what I need the press to do is make people aware of it’s presence on Facebook because the reach of Facebook is even greater than the reach of the polyclinics.
“But we can make those services available once Maisha [Hutton, manager of the HCC] talks to us and we get it sorted out,” she stated at the Caribbean Disease Research Centre headquarters in the City.
The e-petition is available for signatures, regardless of gender, at www.endcervicalcancernow.org or on the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s Facebook page by clicking the link Cervical Cancer e-petition.
President of the HCC, Professor Trevor Hassell had noted that the relationship between the organisation and healthcare leaders, stating: “It is important that you do not see this or this is not seen as an adversarial initiative, but it is one in which the community, we are providing a voice for the community to say to policymakers throughout the Caribbean this is a priority and even though in different jurisdictions and different countries, you may be enacting policies and programmes that are of significance, we would like you to do even more.” (LB)