By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: Deepsikha Foundation, an NGO, is going to organize a unique cultural programme for collecting fund for the hospice centre for cancer patients of the state on January 7 at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) auditorium of the city.
Speaking to the press today, Deepsikha secretary Mrinmoyee Baruah said: “We’re going to start the first hospice centre for cancer patients in the state, Tiji Devi shanty Sthal, for cancer patients. The centre will be iugurated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on January 6 at Sontala village in rural Kamrup district. The land of the centre was doted by Baburam Jain, in which we have constructed the centre. The centre will be of 50-bed capacity, a dormitory, a prayer place and three special one-bed-room flats for patients at last stage and their families.”
“Tender nursing care is very important for cancer patients, who are in palliated stage. However, many times the families can’t take good care of patients due to lack of knowledge and money. This centre will be helpful for those families, because we will provide the care for free with free food and lodge. At present, 12 patients can be admitted there, and we need fund to run the centre. We, therefore, are going to organize the cultural concert with intertiolly reputed Tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, who will play Jugal Bandi with Rakesh Chaurasia on the flute. We hope, the money collected from the concert will be helpful for us to run the centre.”