Dr. Virginia Asin Oostburg and Dr. Jennifer Alexander to address Morbidity/Mortality & Breast Cancer

Dr. Virginia Asin Oostburg, currently head of Collective Prevention Services (CPS), and Dr. Jennifer Alexander, will be two of several speakers at the Cancer Conference that starts on Friday morning.


The Cancer Conference is being jointly organized by CPS, a department within the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, and a number of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Dr. Virginia Asin Oostburg is a Medical Doctor and Physical therapist with 28 years of experience in the health sector both in practice and as a lecturer.

In 2007 Dr. Asin received her Master’s in Public Health with concentration in Health Organization and Planning and got promoted Deputy Director of Health, Ministry of Health Suriname and Head of the Planning Department.

Dr. Asin will be speaking about Morbidity and Mortality Responsibility and Structure during the two-day conference.

The conference is being held under the theme: "Cancer and aging, collectively improving our local cancer care and responsibility," is being held from October 26 to the 27 at the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel & Casino.

The four areas to be highlighted at the conference are breast cancer, cervical, colon and prostate cancer.

Dr. Jennifer Alexander has been practicing her profession for more than 30-years. Alexander is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hair Loss Clinic of Jamaica and Surgipath & Cytology Lab Service.

Dr. Alexander is a 26-year old breast cancer survivor and an award winning author of "If Love’s so Nice…Why Does it Hurt? and "A Practical Guide to Coping with Cancer."

Alexander, will give a motivational speech about "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," and she will also talk about breast cancer and how she survived.

‘Get Checked,’ is the Minister of Public Health’s campaign to improve public health amongst the population of the country, and the conference is one of the avenues to bring forth awareness within the community.

The conference will focus on sharing information on the specific cancers mentioned above with the objective of developing a strategic plan and approach in registering, managing and monitoring cancers; increased awareness; and new treatments/techniques.

The general public is invited to conference activities on Saturday, October 27 from 9.00am to 1.15pm and from 1.30pm to 4.00pm (lunch not included).

Persons interested in registering to attend the conference on October 27 can contact the following persons via email: Section General Public Health ma*********@si************.org; Cancer Foundation sh************@ya***.com; and Positive Foundation sh*************@na****.com; or call CPS at 542-3003, or 542-2078.