PCPT Dibrugarh observes second foundation day at DHSK College Auditorium
Dibrugarh: Pratishruti Cancer and Palliative Trust (PCPT), on its second foundation day, organized a day-long programme at DHSK College Auditorium recently in the presence of hundreds of people.
The inaugural session was presided over by noted writer and Head of the Department of Sociology, Dibrugarh University, Dr. Jyoti Prasad Saikia. In his address, Dr. Saikia emphasized individual responsibility as it was the need of the hour for a safe and sound society. He also stated that whatever turmoil and hardship came in case of incurable and debilitating illness, one had to face mental strength and determination, which according to him was possible only by palliative care. Former Professor of Gynaecology Department of Assam Medical College, Dr. Rina Ahmed delivered the inaugural speech.
Honorary Programme Director of PTCT, renowned pathologist, cancer researcher and a prominent writer, Dr. Gayatri Gogoi dwelt at length about the vision, mission and works done to date by PCPT. Dr. Gogoi also briefed about the free cancer helpline services and palliative home care services which were unique and successful, besides other cancer awareness, cancer screening, and cancer-free cancer care services.
In the open session, special categories of awards of Pratishruti for the year 2019 were also declared. Dr. GS Borgohain, Dr. Siddhartha Sarma and Dr. Gautam Sarma have conferred the most contributing consultant awards. Dalimi Gogoi was honored with the most contributing Nurse Award, Manjula Agarwal received the most Resource Member Award and the leading public mobilizer award was won by coveted social worker Niranjan Bagaria while Wazir Bin Qutub bagged the Pratishruti home care award. Dr. Sashikanta Saikia, Principal of DHSK College, received the most actively associated institution award on behalf of the college. Earlier in the day prior to the open session, an interactive meet was held under the banner of ‘Doctors and Donors’ Meet’, which was presided over by Dr. Gayatri Gogoi wherein one-to-one interaction was made possible among the doctors, donors, family members and guardians of those who died of cancer and those affected as well.
The chief guest, revered litterateur and former president of Axam Xahitya Xabha, Dr. Nagen Saikia in his speech said, “Death is inevitable no matter whatever incurable or debilitating illness one suffers from. But if at the outset of illness a soft, soothing hand with palliative care is offered to the individual, it is a blessing to the sufferer as well as to all near and dear ones of the family.” Keeping this in mind, Dr. Saikia said, “PCPT has over the last two years rendered this humanitarian palliative service to those in need.”