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Free launch for BBCI OPD patients

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 May 2017 12:00 AM GMT

GUWAHATI, May 15: GLP Social Circle, Shri Hanuman Sewa Nidhi Trust and BBCI have come forward to start a first of its kind scheme in the Northeast to provide free lunch to cancer patients attending the Outpatient Department of the hospital on a regular basis. The programme “Ankoot” has been implemented in memory of Late Justice Dr. B. P. Saraf on his 5th death anniversary.

Born in 23rd August 1939, Dr. Saraf obtained LL.B from Gauhati University in 1963 and joined Gauhati High Court. From 1963-1968 he was involved in teaching in Gauhati University. He became Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The programme was iugurated by Hrishikesh Goswami, press adviser to the Chief Minister and attended, among others, by Samir Sinha, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Assam. Sinha appreciated the initiative of GLP Social Circle and BBCI.

The meeting was also attended by Mukul Chandra Gogoi, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, Assam as the guest of honour and Dr. R. Bhuyan, Director of Health Services, Assam and Shantikam Hazarika, Member, Magement Council of BBCI as distinguished guests.

Dr A C Kataki, Director, BBCI profusely thanked GLP Social Circle, Om Prakash Choudhury, Ashok Kumar Bhoot from Hanuman Sewa Nidhi Trust and Prab Talukdar from GL Publications.

As per Population-Based Cancer Registry of Indian Council of Medical Research, the incidence of cancer is highest in the North Eastern (NE) region of our country. The tiol average incidence of cancer ranges from 90 to 150 new cases per one lakh of population. However, the incidence of cancer in the Aizawl District is highest in the country, which is 270 per one lakh population. This is followed by Papumpare District of Aruchal Pradesh (230 per one lakh population), East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya (218 per one lakh population), and Urban Kamrup District (206 per one lakh population). The relatively higher incidence of cancer in the NE region is largely due to excessive tobacco consumption, betel nut chewing, alcohol, and dietary habits. The State of Assam has recorded 31,474 new cancer cases in 2015 and about 16,029 patients died due to cancer in the year 2015.

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