The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has received a new state-of-the-art ultrasound machine for its Gynaecological Cancer and Diagnostic Unit.
The equipment, worth more than $55,000, was handed over on Monday during the launch of this year’s Sagicor Globe-athon Walk and Run to End Gynaecological Cancers.
Vice President of Sales at Sagicor Barbados Life Inc., Gay Griffith said since its inception in 2013, the event has helped raised over $200,000 to improve gynaecological care in Barbados.
He said raising awareness about gynaecological cancers is also a major part of Sagicor’s efforts, adding that Sagicor Life Inc. and Sagicor General are proud partners of the Barbados Cancer Society.
“Along with fund raising, we also work to raise awareness. We want more Barbadian women to understand the types of cancers which can affect their reproductive organs, know the signals, and most of all talk to their doctors. Men and women should not be dying of cancer because of where the cancer is located,” Griffith said.
President of the Barbados Cancer Society, Dr Dorothy Cooke-Johnson said the funds from the first Globe-athon were used to redesign the Colposcopy Unit and in the subsequent years, funds were used for further upgrades and to provide much needed medical equipment for the Gynaecological Cancer and Diagnostic Unit.
“The suite has changed the provision of healthcare and medical standards into a fully operative a gynecology suite, providing services for gynaecological cancer which were not available previously,” she said.
Dr Cooke-Johnson has appealed to all Barbadians to join the Globe-athon which takes place onSeptember 3, beginning at the Bay Street Esplanade.
The mission of Globe-athon is to increase awareness of women’s cancer, address disparities, and transcend barriers through educational outreach and global community engagement.
“This worldwide movement, strong here in Barbados under Dr [Vikash] Chatrani’s direction, will save and extend the lives of many women,” Dr Cooke-Johnson said.