GUWAHATI, Nov 13: Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati in collaboration with Piramal Swasthya Management and Research Institute (PSMRI) has from Monday started a community-based cancer screening services by inaugurating a high tech Mobile Cancer Screening Van at the institute premises. On the inaugural ceremony Mahesh Deori, State Head of PSMRI delivered the welcome address and thanked BBCI for its efforts in community-based cancer control activities.
This was followed by a formal launch meeting hosted by PSMRI at the Hotel Taj Vivanta, Guwahati. The meeting was attended by the Principal Secretary Health, Government of Assam Sameer Sinha, Dr.Swati Piramal, Vice Chaiperson, Piramal Enterprises, Paresh Parasnis, Head of Piramal Foundation, and Vishal Phanse, CEO, Piramal Swasthya. Fifteen project staff including two dedicated doctors has been appointed for this screening programme to be run for three years.
According to Dr.Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of BBCI, lack of awareness and access to early diagnostic facilities is the most common reason for late diagnosis of these common cancers. Therefore, the Mobile Cancer Screening Van will go from place to place in the rural areas of entire Kamrup District and offer people the opportunity to screen for common cancers. This was stated in a press release.