LAKHIMPUR: Since inauguration, the Lakhimpur Cancer Centre completed 100 days on Saturday. On this occasion, a ceremonial programme was organized in the medical institution premises in the presence of senior dignitaries comprising of the Deputy Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Principal of Lakhimpur Medical College and Hospital, Joint Director of Health Services, SDMHO, DIPRO other officials and member of the public.
The dignitaries took a tour of the hospital and commissioned equipment such as Treubeam Linear accelerator, 1.5 Tesla MRI, Mammography and 800 MA X Ray. The dignitaries acknowledged that Lakhimpur Cancer Centre had provided services to patients at most nominal cost. Earlier, patients had to travel to Dibrugarh or other far away cities and incur huge expenses.
Speaking at the occasion, Sumit Sattawan, the Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur, said, "The government is committed to provide world-class treatment facilities to the people and cancer patients. People suffering from cancer must make the Lakhimpur Cancer Center as first point of contact." He also appealed to people and all doctors to refer any suspected cases to Lakhimpur Cancer Centre. "The available facilities at Lakhimpur Cancer Centre can save many lives if treatment is started during initial stage of the disease," the Deputy Commissioner said, adding that oncologists in Lakhimpur Cancer Centre could connect with experts from Mumbai and Kolkata, enabling the best treatment option for the patients.
Dr Subrata Chanda, Medical Superintendent of Lakhimpur Cancer Centre, showed the facility to all dignitaries and assured that all services would further evolve in coming months. He also briefed about advanced lab services in the Centre, along with other imaging services such as CT scan, MRI, Mammography, Xray. According to him, all these services are available for use by general public at most affordable cost and not restricted to cancer patients only. Any non-cancer patients needing diagnostic services, can have their test done in Lakhimpur Cancer Centre.
Till August 6, a total of 412 patients of cancer have attended in outpatient department, 116 patients have received chemotherapy and 21 patients have started getting Precision Grade Radiation therapy with Truebeam Linac, one of the most modern and safe machines for cancer treatment. On the other hand, 91 patients have availed lab services.
Notably, Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) is a joint initiative of the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts. ACCF is coming up with a network of total 17 cancer centres in the State and Kokrajhar Cancer Center is also a part of the first phase of the programme. The first seven cancer centres including Kokrajhar Cancer Centre, were dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 28 and since then about 3,500 cancer patients have availed treatment at these centres close to the comforts of their homes.