|The Occupational Health and Safety department at ACK organized an event for World Cancer Day to raise awareness regarding early detection and preventions of cancer.
World Cancer Day highlighted the need for urgent action to increase early stage cancer detection, screening, and diagnosis to significantly improve cancer patients’ chances of survival. Taking place under the theme of “I Am and I Will,” event aimed to inspire and encourage action from individuals and to improve public awareness and access to early detection, screening, and diagnosis.
Among the key attendees to the event were H.E. Mr. Jonathan Gilbert, Australian Ambassador to Kuwait, along with representatives from Al-Ahli Bank of Kuwait and Al-Seef Hospital. Representing Al-Ahli Bank was Ms. Shahad Al Ali, Assistant Manager of Elite Banking, and representing Al Seef Hospital were Anila Nair, Charge Nurse, and Jessy Vargughese, Nursing Supervisor.
Awareness sessions took place to understand cancer from a medical perspective, international; statistics, types of common cancers, risk factors and prevention approaches. These sessions were delivered by Dr. Nadia Al-Mahmoud, Consultant Family Medicine, Head of the Promotion Section of the Ministry of Health, and a member of Cancer Aware Nation (CAN).
A motivational session was also given to the audience by a cancer survivor Ms. Farah Al-Shaikh who told her inspiring story how the health promotion initiatives at the company she works for helped her with early clinical detection.
Besides the sessions with the speakers, various booths were present at the event with various offerings to encourage attendees towards a healthier lifestyle, including a booth by Diet Style with healthy snacks, a booth by CrossFit Forma, and a CAN booth which had giveaway with information booklets on cancer.
Commenting on the purpose of the event and the importance of raising awareness, Mariam Al Maraghi, ACK Health and Safety Business Development Manager, said: “Cancer may have started the fight, but we can finish it together by uniting under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history through positive actions, awareness, prevention, early detection, and treatment.”
Posted on Feb. 12, 2020