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As the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic spreads, the UAE-based non-profit, Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), has stepped up efforts to continue on its mission to provide much-needed and credible information about the risks and vulnerability particularly faced by cancer patients to COVID-19, to those currently or previously affected by the disease, their caregivers and the community.
Less than a month ago, FOCP’s breast cancer initiative, Pink Caravan, successfully concluded the 10th edition of the annual pan-UAE Pink Caravan awareness ride that involved the physical testing of individuals across the country over a period of 20 days, which included the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
Led by FOCP, the organisers of the campaign had to exercise extreme caution and implement world-class health & safety measures through the preparation and execution of this large-scale public drive as it involved a large number of people in situations that could have strained their planning and response resources. Since the beginning of this edition, they witnessed the growth of the COVID-19 pandemic and this was a matter of concern. Despite these challenges, the 10th edition brought together the largest number of volunteers and medical professionals, and delivered free medical check-ups and breast cancer screenings to 11,007 members of the UAE community.
After a successful breast cancer awareness campaign in the UAE, FOCP explains how to prepare cancer patients undergoing treatment for the COVID-19 outbreak as they belong to the category of people who are at a higher risk of contracting infectious diseases due to their low immunity.
Information credit: Friends of Cancer Patients