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DoNER minister launches Cancer Care campaign

Published on 24 Apr. 2016 12:35 AM IST
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Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh Saturday launched the first of its kind, weeklong ‘Cancer Care campaign’ in Northeast under the auspices of “North Eastern Council (NEC)- Pink Chain Cancer Conclave 2016” here in Shillong. 
The campaign is being attended by Cancer specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and other parts of the country, and the weeklong programmes would include public education camps, academic discussions by medical experts and visits to educational institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh said, the initiative was undertaken considering the fact that North Eastern States recorded much higher prevalence of Cancer compared to rest of India. 
He said, based on the experience and experiment in Meghalaya, similar campaigns would be organized in other sister states. Dr. Singh informed that, beginning from January 2016, an arrangement was made with Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai for imparting short-term six-month training in Cancer to selected Physicians and Surgeons from the region. The entire expenditure for this will be borne by the DoNER ministry and Adyar Cancer Institute, he added. 
Dr. Singh also informed that Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati would shortly start superspeciality DM Medical Oncology and MCh Surgical Oncology courses in Cancer, in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Institute, Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. 
Dr Jitendra Singh sounded a note of caution and said that the awareness and public education should be “optimum”, and that it should neither be too little nor too much, lest it should cause unwarranted alarm and apprehension in public psyche. 
Besides host of dignitaries, those present at the event included Meghalaya’s health minister, Alexander Laloo Hek and NCE secretary Ram Muivah.

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