The Barbados Cancer Society has had its capacity to service the public upgraded with the donation of two new pieces of equipment valued at $14,000.
The gift of the two pieces of equipment were made today by President and Chief Executive Officer of Manulife Barbados, Claudio Macchi and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Barbados Operations, Craig Doughty.
Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Barbados Cancer Society were President Dr Dorothy Cooke-Johnson; Immediate Past President Professor Timothy Roach and Clinic Coordinator, Sister Sian Monteith.
One piece of equipment is a medical couch valued at $5,500 to the Cervical Cancer Detection section of the Early Detection Clinics held daily at the society’s headquarters.
It was noted that nine sessions were held each week with physicians and nurses in attendance and in addition, breast cancer checks were also offered with each client receiving blood pressure, blood sugar, weight and a general consultation with further advice.
The other piece of equipment is a patient stretcher/table valued at $8,700 which supports the society’s videosigmoidoscopy programme for early detection of colon cancer.
This procedure visualises the colon with a flexible lighted tube, and enables the physician to identify polyps or pre-cancerous lesions.
The the equipment is also being used for the men’s clinics for digital rectal examinations, blood tests for men and also Prostate Specific Antigen tests.
The quality, versatility and multifunctional operations of the table will allow further expansion of services and enable the society to increase its offerings to the public at affordable fees.
In accepting the equipment on behalf of the Barbados Cancer Society which is 33 years old, Cook-Johnson said it has all the early detection clinics which do digital checks and digital rectal checks, PSA checks and also breast checks and pap-smears.
Cooke-Johnson told members of the press that the new room would be used for men’s clinics which include prostate and digital rectal checks to determine the size and shape of the prostate.
Meanwhile, Roach also expressed his thanks to Manulife for the gifts and promised to assist in the quit smoking campaign which seeks to promote a healthy Caribbean.
Speaking on behalf of Manulife, Macchi said every year the staff took a vote on a programme they would like to support and last year they decided to make a donation to the Cancer Society. (NC)