Kokrajhar, June 18: Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary, while taking part in the bhoomi puja of 19 new cancer centres as part of the inclusive cancer care programme at Besorgaon near Deborgaon in Kokrajhar district on Monday said he was optimistic of start of Kokrajhar Medical College soon. Mohilary took part in the prayers and lighting of lamp in the bhoomi puja programme of the Cancer Centre in Kokrajhar. He told media persons that the foundation of new cancer centres across Assam was of utmost important as incidence of cancer was on a rapid rise. He said the people of the State had been facing severe hardships due to lack of cancer hospitals in the region and poor people could not afford to get proper treatment in other metro cities.
Mohilary said the establishment of new cancer centres with Tata Trusts would cater to the needs of the people of the Northeast. He said the new cancer centre would come up at Besorgaon near Deborgaon in Kokrajhar as Kokrajhar Medical College would be set up at Besorgaon. He said the facilities for consultation, treatment and counselling would be easy after the new cancer centre would be set up adjacent to the medical college. He dwelt on the necessity of establishment of medical colleges in every district of the State to overcome the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff. He also said that Kokrajhar Medical College, which was a long-pending demand of the people of the BTC region, was likely to be set up in August.
The ceremonial function was also attended by Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, BTC EMs-Doneswar Goyary, Rajib Brahma and higher officials of the medical department. The dignitaries also watched the launching of new cancer centres in Guwahati in the live digital video conferencing where BJP national president Amit Shah, chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan N. Tata, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Kandu addressed the gathering.