The Judiciary hosted a talk and screenings on Wednesday 19 July 2023 led by Ministry of Health program manager Mrs. Gina Michel together with a certified nurse, with the aim of raising awareness about this widespread disease. With Seychelles experiencing its own unique battle against cancer, this event served as a catalyst for promoting early detection and instilling a sense of solidarity within our esteemed institution.
Facing the Statistics: As a nation, we are not immune to the challenges posed by breast cancer. Statistics indicate that breast cancer continues to affect the lives of many Seychellois women, and also men, making it crucial for us to rally together and confront this disease head-on. In 2022, 22.5% of screenings done in Seychelles were found to have stage 4 cancer. In 2021, there were 125 cancer related deaths. By bringing breast cancer awareness to the forefront, we strive to empower individuals with knowledge, fostering a culture of vigilance and support.
Raising Awareness in a Leading Institution: The Judiciary of Seychelles recognizes the immense influence it holds as a leading institution. It understands that raising awareness within its ranks can create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the confines of its walls. Through organizing Breast Cancer Awareness Day, the Judiciary reaffirmed its commitment to the well-being of its employees and their families, as well as to the wider Seychellois community.
The Power of Awareness: Breast Cancer Awareness Day was not only about providing information but also about fostering a supportive environment. By educating our employees about breast cancer risk factors, early detection methods, and the importance of regular screenings, we empower them to take charge of their health. Knowledge becomes a powerful tool, enabling individuals to make informed decisions and seek timely medical attention.
Breast Screenings: At the heart of the Breast Cancer Awareness Day event was the provision of breast screenings. The Judiciary’s sick bay room was transformed into a safe haven, where a qualified healthcare professional conducted screenings to detect any signs of breast abnormalities. We also enrolled females of 45 years and above who wish to undertake a mammogram. These screenings offered a crucial opportunity for early detection, ensuring that potential concerns are addressed promptly, and necessary follow-up actions are taken.
Positive Impacts and Moving Forward: The positive impacts of this event were palpable. Employees expressed gratitude for the opportunity to access screenings conveniently, within a familiar and supportive environment.
Looking ahead, the Judiciary of Seychelles will continue to promote health and well-being within its institution, encouraging regular screenings and spreading awareness about breast cancer throughout the year. By championing initiatives that prioritize employee health and wellness, we strive to set an example for other organizations to follow.
This initiative was led by the Human Resources Department in collaboration with our in-house Wellness and Safety manager.