GUWAHATI: Mizoram Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana visited Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) in Guwahati today and emphasized collaboration on human resources generation in oncology between BBCI and the Mizoram government for the benefit of an upcoming advanced cancer centre in Mizoram. He also stressed technology transfer and research collaboration.
The minister from the neighbouring state appreciated the role played by BBCI in Northeast India for cancer treatment, education and research. He also released the January-July, 2022, issue of the journal Annals of Oncology Research and Therapy'.
Dr R Lalthangliana and Dr Z R Thiamsanga, Vice Chairman of the Health and Family Welfare Board of Mizoram, were presented books titled 'Principles and Practice of Oncology' and 'Triple C in Cancer' published by BBCI. The science magazine 'BBCI Edge' was also presented to the dignitaries by the senior faculties.
While welcoming the dignitaries to BBCI, Dr A C Kataki, Director of the BBCI, informed us about the NCDIR-ICMR report on cancer.
Aizawl recorded the highest number of cancer cases in males (269.4 per lakh of the population) and the second-highest cancer cases in females (214 per lakh of the population) in the country.
Dr Kataki brought to the notice of the Health Minister that the high prevalence of tobacco consumption in Mizoram is one of the single most important risk factors for cancer.
As per the report, 44 per cent of all cancers in males and 24 per cent of all cancers in females in Mizoram suffer from tobacco-related cancer. In the last three years, 202 patients from the neighbouring state took cancer treatment in BBCI.
Dr Kataki also apprised about various treatment facilities and academic courses conducted by the institute. Two doctors, nine paramedical students and two nurses from Mizoram have completed various academic courses conducted by BBCI. A total of 122 patients from Mizoram had to go outside North Eastern Region for treatment of Cancer every year as per the NCDIR-ICMR report.
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