Breast Cancer is a deadly disease which can result in untimely death if not diagnosed on time.In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685,000 deaths globally. In Asia, Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia.
At some stage of life, 1 in 9 Pakistani women become patients of breast cancer. Today Sehat Kahani which is a Leading Telemedicine platform of Pakistan conducted I CAN-CER VIVE, an event to honour breast cancer survivors and raise awareness about Breast Cancer at the British High Commission.
The event was graced by the Health Minister Sindh-Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho,Ex-secretary health,Dr. Fazallulah Pechuho and Mike Nithavrianakis-The Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi. Mike opened the event and talked about the important role that doctors have to play in early screening and diagnosis of Breast Cancer. He appreciated Sehat Kahani’s effort in playing a role to increase awareness through its telemedicine platform.
Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram,CEO Sehat Kahani emphasised that Sehat Kahani’s vision is to provide quality and affordable healthcare to patients using its telemedicine solution across Pakistan.Treating more than half a million patients till date all over Pakistan, Sehat Kahani will expand its services to include breast cancer awareness screening programs,training of doctors and nurses to diagnose early signs and facilitate breast cancer specialist consultations at subsidised cost on all its platform.
The Chief guest Dr.Azra Fazal Pechuho,in her Keynote,emphasised on the importance of technology playing an important role in early diagnosis and cure of disease.She also mentioned that the bill for telemedicine has been passed from the assembly so that companies such as Sehat Kahani can play its role in helping more patients.
The event honoured 5 breast cancer survivors highlighting their struggle through a video documentary and presenting them a token of resilience.
The event also hosted a panel of renowned doctors,Dr. Naila Zahid -leading Consultant Oncologist at Liaquat National Hospital,Dr. Kausar Rehman-Consultant Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at South City Hospital and Sanaa Ahmed -mental health expert represents the Mental Healthcare portfolio for British Asian Trust in Pakistan.The panel was moderated by Dr.Iffat Zafar Aga,COO Sehat Kahani .The panelists discussed the importance of fighting the disease with the body and mind.They encouraged women to reach a doctor immediately incase they find any signs and symptoms of Breast Cancer.