By Our Correspondent – Dar es Salaam
Kisarawe District Commissioner, Jokate Mwegero has received medical supplies donated by the Jema Foundation for patients undergoing cancer treatment at Ocean Road Cancer Institute.
The institute is run by Jema Baruani who is one of the patients who has been treated for Ocean Road Cancer and is now recovering from continuing to educate the community about the disease.
Receiving the support, he encouraged the community to develop a culture of visiting them, informing them of the condition of patients admitted to the ward, hospitalization to receive treatment for various ailments they face.
“No one knows tomorrow,” he insisted.
Dc jokate has used the living example of his aunt who made it a point to visit and help patients without realizing that the act would one day be a great help to him.
She was very dedicated, every time she came home from work she visited cancer patients, now she is retired, when she was doing that she never thought one day it would be an important part of her pet (her husband), to go for treatment.
“So, when she was admitted for treatment, since she (my aunt) was already well known, it was easy to get help as well. What we are doing now is the treasure of our future, ”he stressed.
He commended the Jema Foundation for its commitment to the community especially cancer patients by visiting and comforting them every year.
“I congratulate all the doctors and specialists of Ocean Road for their hard work in caring for these patients,” he said.
He added: “I especially commend the Government through the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, has installed modern equipment here on Ocean Road and now we are witnessing it receiving other patients also from outside Tanzania.
The doctor (Crispin Kahesa), told me that they receive patients from abroad because there is a great deal of investment made by the Government by installing machines that our colleagues in their countries do not have.
“He told me that the cancer treatment services available in Tanzania are of international quality and the cost is cheap compared to other countries.
“These are the things we must tell Tanzanians, let them know that we have things that others aspire to have, let them be provided with better services,” said the District Commissioner.
Representative of the Jema Foundation, Jema Baruani said many cancer patients are scared when they are diagnosed, there are others who stop treatment.
“Not everyone is as brave as I am, there are those who are desperate, not all are able to cope with this epidemic, we who have been given by God, to give ourselves to the situation and wealth, see them… ”He said.
Jema also appealed to the community, especially the youth, to be confident and get tested for cancer because if diagnosed, a person recovers after treatment.
ORCI Director of Prevention and Cancer Specialist, Crispin Kahesa said every year it is estimated that in Tanzania there are more than 42,060 cancer patients.
“Only 70% of those who come to the hospital can stay and continue treatment, 30% are cut off or disappear for a variety of reasons including the attitude and fear they have about the disease.
“But also because these services are more urban, they may be lost because they have more responsibilities, people have more economic and social challenges,” he noted.