President Jahjaga’s speech at the round table on “Mobile mammography- impact today and tomorrow”

For a whole month, as institutions and as a society, we have been organizing a series of activities marking the month of awareness raising on breast cancer, which has by now become an annual tradition through which we aim to raise the civic awareness on the necessity of regular medical checkups for prevention and overcoming of this illness.

Honourable Minister Rrahmani 
Honourable Deputy Minister Sadiku
Honourable UCCK Director,
Honourable Ambassadors,
Representatives of local and international organizations
Ladies and Gentlemen   

For a whole month, as institutions and as a society, we have been organizing a series of activities marking the month of awareness raising on breast cancer, which has by now become an annual tradition through which we aim to raise the civic awareness on the necessity of regular medical checkups for prevention and overcoming of this illness.

We have asked the citizens of our country, women and men, girls and boys, to pay  the necessary attention to their health, and we have expressed the institutional dedication to provision of specialized and professional medical services in order to guarantee the timely diagnosis and adequate treatment of this malaise.

We have done all this, as breast cancer is one of the diseases with highest mortality in women, which also affects men, but which can be cured if diagnosed early.

Regular checkups, be they self-checks or through specialized medical services, as ultrasound or mammography, are a tool to diagnose this illness in time. Early diagnosis is an opportunity for life.

This illness does not discriminate on ethnic or social grounds, it can affect anyone. This is why it remains a paramount to offer to all citizens, in all corners of the country, access to adequate healthcare services, in order to guarantee to them the opportunity for early detection and possibility to win the battle with this illness.

Starting from this ambition, the group of female MP’s of the last constitution of the parliament undertook the noble initiative to purchase the mobile mammograph, which is by now part of the healthcare services offered to the citizens of the country, thanks to the contributions of the institutions and donors.

I congratulate the group of the female MP’s for their initiative and I express my gratitude to all the institutions, embassies, organizations, businesses and citizens which contributed and supported this initiative, to offer to all citizens of the country a healthcare service which can save lives.

During today’s deliberations, specialists of relevant fields will be explaining the importance of mammography in early detection of the breast cancer and results achieved by the utilization of the mobile mammograph in our country.

Our message will be clear, regular medical checkups are a must for timely detection of this illness and to win over it. Check ups are not a one off thing, they must be undertaken in regular time periods, and it’s a lifelong process.

Honourable participants,

Our today’s discussion, as we talk of the importance of early detection of breast cancer, is lead by the valuable principle upon which we have built our country, which we protect and guarantee by our constitution and our laws, the right to life.

Only few days ago, we were witnesses of a heinous crime, which took the life of a mother of four children, perpetrated by her husband, at their own house. We were shocked. We saw the history repeating itself, we saw Diana Kastrati again, now named Zejnepe Bytyçi Berisha, a victim of domestic violence exercised upon her for years on end.

Zejnepe, an innocent woman, became a victim of a crime which challenged our most valuable principles, which states that no one is above the law and that the life of every citizen is protected and guaranteed.

As institutions, we must work harder and undertake all the necessary measures to prevent once and for all the possibility that domestic violence ends the lives of our citizens and destroys the future of our children.

Determination of the institutions of the country must be unshakable in protection of the lives and rights of its citizens, in protection and guaranteeing of their right to life.

Domestic violence is intolerable, it is not a matter of privacy and it concerns all of us and it must be condemned by everyone.

Thank you, and I wish you a successful workshop today.