GUWAHATI, Sept 4: Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) Guwahati is all set to start the first stoma clinic in the Northeast from September 8. Stoma is an artificial opening created surgically for cancer patients to discharge urine and stool. The clinic will start with an intensive day-long workshop for nurses followed by an interactive session for patients having stoma in Guwahati on September 9. A source from the BBCI authority informed The Sentinel that training will be imparted to nurses on recognizing stoma abnormalities, care of the stoma patient in the immediate postoperative period and practical demonstration on nutritional requirements among others. Currently at BBCI, a permanent stoma is created for around 20 patients on an average. The firs-of-its stoma care clinic in the region will be managed by trained nurses under the supervision of surgical oncologists at BBCI.