Over the next few weeks, clients of Sagicor Life Inc and visitors to the company’s Trident House and Belleville Customer Service branches will have the opportunity to join the fight against cervical cancer.
The regional insurance company has provided access to an online petition, created by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, to address the issue of access to affordable cervical cancer screening. The HCC and regional cancer organisations aim to collect 500,000 signatures which will be presented to Caribbean Heads of Government. Affordable cancer screening can play a major role in reducing the number of deaths as a result of cervical cancer. Approximately 31,700 women in Latin America and the Caribbean die from the disease each year.
Manager of Customer Service, Cynthia Blackman, discussed the positive customer response observed during the campaign.
“Visitors to our branches have really taken an interest in this initiative, so far we have had a positive response. Not only have persons signed the petition but they have also asked for more information about the campaign so there has been an element of education,” she added.
President of the HCC, Professor Trevor Hassell, said: “Sagicor is to be highly commended for its outstanding contribution and support of the electronic petition which aims to raise awareness and obtain better prevention, control and treatment of cervical cancer in the Caribbean.”
He encouraged Barbadians “to visit www.endcervicalcancer.org to sign the petition as an indication of their support to end cervical cancer among Caribbean women”.
To date, the petition has been signed by regional leaders, including V. H. Cornelius de Weever, Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, St. Maarten; Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts & Nevis and CARICOM Lead Head of Government for Health, HIV and Human Resources; Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica; and Kim Simplis Barrow, wife of Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow.