Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, encouraged GTT and its
partners to spread their cancer awareness message to persons residing
beyond Georgetown. GTT concluded Pinktober, a month of activities in
observation of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a dinner and gala
at the Marriott Hotel on Sunday evening.
“In moving forward, I’d like to see us taking our message to them,
educating them and apprising them of the services that are free of
cost either by the government or the NGOs,” Minister Holder charged in
her keynote address.
Minister Lawrence reiterated that early screening is critical to
beating cancer. She added the government, through her ministry, has
prioritised the welfare of its citizens.
The Minister explained the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation
(GPHC) offers free screening for cancer while the Oncology Department
is ready to work with persons diagnosed with cancer.
We at the Ministry are trying to make available medication which is
quite expensive, but which has proven to be highly effective, in
treating … one of the hormones responsible for breast cancer,”
Minister Lawrence revealed.
“We are all striving to realise the same objective,” Minister Lawrence
reminded those present even as she commended the Pinktober initiative.
CEO of GTT, Justin Nedd, said the aim of Pinktober is to ensure a
healthy society while raising funds for cancer treatment and
“So ultimately, with our partners … we intend to raise $100Million for
awareness and for the oncology department because we need a healthy
society,” Nedd said.
During the gala, several cancer warriors were honoured, including
Minister Lawrence. Pinktober was observed under the theme: “Together
we can make a difference.”