Bhoomi Pujan performed

Our Correspondent

Silchar, June 18: The Bhoomi Pujan of the level two cancer care centre under the banner of Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) was performed at the premises of Silchar Medical College and Hospital on Monday in the presence of Dr S Lakshmanan, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, former Union Minister Kabindra Purkayastha, MLAs Dilip Kumar Paul and Mihir Kanti Shome, and other dignitaries. The non profit ACCF, the first of its kind for any state of the country, will make cancer treatment affordable and inexpensive.

The legendary Ratan Tata of Tata Trusts is in partnership with ACCF and has committed to provide a huge sum of money for constructing 19 state-of-the-art cancer hospitals in this region. Talking to The Sentinel, Dr S Lakshmanan said, “19 cancer centres under the aegis of ACCF will be set within a span of just two years. Construction work for the SMCH centre will begin soon after the monsoons. Now, it is not advisable to start the work. This is a level two centre which will provide comprehensive Oncology services including palliative care.” ACCF envisions making cancer a manageable disease, by reducing mortality through awareness, prevention and early detection. This Cancer Care programme is a joint initiative taken by the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts.