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03 December 2023

Huge turnout for Pink Caravan check-ups in RAK

By Wam

On its fourth day, the Pink Caravan Ride kicked off on Thursday from the HCT Ras Al Khaimah Women's College reaching Cove Rotana Resort after crossing a distance of 28.7km, bring the total distance to 67km since it began on March 7.

The fixed and mobile medical clinics witnessed a huge footfall by visitors of different nationalities who sought to undergo breast cancer screenings, while the "Soldiers of Hope", including doctors, riders and volunteers continued their noble humanitarian mission of raising awareness about breast cancer and the importance of its early detection.

The ride made several stops to promote their message of breast cancer awareness and the benefits of its early detection. Additionally, to conduct the free medical check-ups for both males and females. Stops were at Saqr Hospital and Al Manar Mall. Large number of crowd engaged with the Pink Caravan team in discussions about the diseases and its preventive methods.

The mobile mammography clinic at Expo Hospital, and the two stationary clinics at Saqr Hospital and Al Daqaqa Healthcare Centre saw an impressive turnout by people of all segments.

Demographical analysis of screened people on the fourth day, including the fixed clinic at Al Majaz Waterfront, shows that the mobile and stationary clinics offered free breast cancer examinations for 833 people, including 154 men and 679 women, bringing the total number of examined people in the first four days to 2,254, of whom 773 were referred for mammogram screenings, and 166 were referred for further ultrasound examinations to ensure their safety.

Of the 883 people Expo Center, which hosted mobile mammography unit, received the highest number of visitors - 434; while Saqr Hospital receive 222 people; Al Daqaqa Healthcare Centre 127; Al Majaz Waterfront 50.

Dr. Sawsan Al Madhi, Director-General of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) and head of the Pink Caravan Medical and Awareness Committee, said, "We are truly delighted and satisfied with the great interest the Pink Caravan enjoys from the people of Ras Al Khaimah where we witnessed the overcrowding at the mobile mammography clinic at Al Daqaqa Healthcare Centre, and the stationary clinics at Saqr, Expo and Al Rahba hospitals.

Al Madhi noted that the Pink Caravan, thanks to the support by the UAE's wise leadership's and all segment of community, succeeded in creating a leading experience in humanitarian work. "With it noble message and goals, the Pink Caravan has proved that we can address challenges no matter what they are by collaborative efforts and complementarity of roles," she said.