Badr al Samaa marks Omani Women’s Day, launches Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

October 20, 2018

Badr al Samaa Group of Hospitals and Polyclinics organised a mega event to celebrate Omani Women’s Day. To mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening was also launched in the same event.

Dr Bassim al Bahrani, director, National Oncology Centre, was the chief guest of the event. The event was attended by Dr V T Vinod and Abdul Latheef, managing directors, senior management, doctors, representation from Oman Cancer Association, large number of Omani and expat women, strong representation from print and electronic media, etc.

Omani women staff led the show by taking care of comparing and recitation of the Q'uran; they gave speeches on Omani Women's Day and also enlightened the crowd with the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening Campaign. The event was followed by cake cutting ceremony to celebrate Omani Women’s Day.

Dr Bahrani laid the emphasis on the importance of breast cancer screening in diagnosing the disease at early stage before it becomes fatal. He said that with the rise in the number of breast cancer cases, the importance of raising awareness and making the screening facilities accessible and affordable has become important. He shared the contributions and initiatives of National Cancer Centre and particularly Oman Cancer Association in this domain. Dr Wahid al Kharusi, president and chairperson of Oman Cancer Association, appreciated the efforts by the Badr al Samaa Group and welcomed their participation in the upcoming Walkathon organised by Oman Cancer Association to raise awareness about breast cancer on October 30.

On this occasion, Dr Vinod thanked His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his noble and path-breaking initiatives for the development and empowerment of women in Oman. He added, “Woman is the power to create, nurture and transform! The word ‘woman’ summons up the images of selfless love, care and affection. At the same time, women ignite the spirit of power and hope.” Latheef congratulated Omani Women on this day and appreciated and thanked them for their contribution in the growth of Badr al Samaa and the society at large. He thanked Dr Bahrani for gracing the occasion and assured him that Badr al Samaa will do every possible help and contribution in the initiatives of Oman Cancer Association and other bodies to support the cause of raising awareness on cancer and help detecting the cancer at early stage. He said, “Badr al Samaa Hospital has the most advanced mammography facility for the precision breast cancer diagnosis and we are in pursuit of adding more modalities for cancer screening.”

Dr Shafeek Muhammed, group CEO, in his opening note congratulated and encouraged maximum participation of women in all the spheres of life. Dr Muhammed said that Badr al Samaa has major plans in early cancer diagnosis and treatment modalities in the private sector across many centres of the group. K O Devassy, chief marketing officer, in his closing note reiterated the importance of contribution of women in developing the society. He said, “Just like a woman completes our family, our Omani female staff completes Badr al Samaa family.”

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