Their Royal Highnesses Princess Ghida Talal and Princess Dina Mired stressed on the need for the government, civil society institutions and the private sector to play a greater role in supporting cancer patients financially and to continually support the advancement of the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC), which despite the initial lack of resources, now proudly offers comprehensive cancer services on par with the top cancer centers in the world.
This came during an interview conducted with Their Royal Highnesses on Hala FM’s daily morning program, "Gawwak Ya Urdon” which aims to address national issues and concerns.
“The reason I entered the world of cancer advocacy is due to my husband, His Royal Highness Prince Talal Bin Muhammed, who was diagnosed with cancer just six months after we got married. He faced his illness with amazing faith and courage and thankfully, was able to be cured,” said HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF). “After the passing of His Majesty King Hussein Bin Talal, His Majesty King Abdullah II appointed me as KHCF Chairperson, in order to honor the memory and the legacy of the late King.”
HRH Princess Dina Mired, Director General of KHCF, talked about the need to financially support the Foundation and Center in order for it to be able to provide the best possible cancer care to all patients receiving treatment there. This is a particularly important time in KHCF’s history as it is raising funds to expand the Center, by building two new towers for inpatients and outpatients. The new towers will increase KHCC’s capacity to treat patients, in response to the increasing number of patients and increasing demand for cancer care.
“We want to reduce the number of patients on our waiting list. We do not want to deprive any patient from a chance for a cure,” said HRH Princess Dina Mired. “The new building project is a huge multi-million dollar project, and the Foundation is counting on the support of the community to help us collect as many donations as possible to see this project come to life”.
It is worth mentioning that the Jordanian Fatwa Council recently issued a proclamation qualifying any donations made towards the KHCC New Building as an ongoing sadaka.
HRH Princess Ghida Talal also remarked the importance of early detection tests, as early detection of cancer increases the chances of survival. In particular, she urged women to conduct early detection tests for breast cancer on a regular basis. She also encouraged men to remember that their role is very important in encouraging the special women in their life to pay attention to their health and conduct the necessary tests, and to stand by their women, support them and not abandon them in times of need especially if these tests led to a diagnosis of cancer.
During the program, Their Royal Highnesses responded to inquiries directly on the air and conversed with many citizens over the phone, who took their opportunity to express their thanks and appreciation to the Foundation and Center.