GUWAHATI, Aug 14 - Speaker of the Assam Assembly Hitendranath Goswami today inaugurated a new state-of-the-art operation theatre at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) here.
This facility has been set up under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative of Indian Oil-Guwahati Refinery.
Speaking on the occasion, Goswami appreciated Indian Oil-Guwahati Refinery for establishing the facility at BBCI. He called upon public sector organisations and corporate houses to come forward and become partners for infrastructure development at the BBCI.
Goswami praised BBCI for conducting various academic courses and research projects and exuded confidence that the institute would grow from strength to strength to serve the people of the North East.
Sanjay Manchanda, Executive Director of Guwahati Refinery, spoke about its various CSR activities.
Dr AC Kataki, Director of BBCI, said that about 14,000 new and one lakh old cancer patients visit the institute every year for diagnosis and treatment.
�The number of new patients attending various surgical departments is gradually increasing. Most of these patients require various surgical procedures as part of treatment. At present, BBCI has five operation theatres. There is considerable waiting period for patients to undergo surgery. The new operation theatre will bring down the waiting period, which will have a positive impact on survival,� Dr Kataki said.