GUWAHATI, Oct 30 - Director of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) Dr Amal Chandra Kataki and the institute�s Professor and Head of Gynecologic Oncology Dr Debabrata Barmon took part in the two-day 6th edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary held at Accra in Ghana, which concluded today.
Both Dr Kataki and Dr Barmon delivered scientific lectures in the conference. The health summit was organised by the Merck Foundation.
On sidelines of the summit, Dr Kataki met Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, Minister of Health of Uganda, Dr Chitalu Chilufya, Health Minister of Zambia, and Peter Kumpalume, Health and Education Minister of the Republic of Malawi.
It is worthwhile to note that four doctors from African countries are presently undergoing training at BBCI in various disciplines of oncology.
During the event at Accra, Dr Kataki spoke about uterine cervical cancer treatment in low resources setting and presented an overview of cancer burden in the north-eastern region of India.
He said that as against the requirement of 1,200 radiation units in India, currently only about 600 radiation units are available for cancer treatment.
He added that around seven per cent of cancer patients from Assam and as many as 98 per cent of cancer patients from Sikkim are going outside the Northeast seeking treatment.
Dr Barmon delivered a lecture on colposcopy and management of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), which is a pre-cancerous condition on the uterine cervix.