BARPETA, June 18 - Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed cancer hospital was performed here today morning.
The proposed hospital will be built in a plot of land measuring eight bighas adjacent to the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College (FAAMC) here.
Gunindra Nath Das, MLA of Barpeta and president of FAAMC, Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta district and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
It may be mentioned here that Barpeta is one of the most cancer-prone areas in the country and thouands of patients have to visit different hospitals for treatment both within and outside Assam.
Considering the vulnerability of the disease, several organisations had demanded establishment of a state-of-the-art hospital or even a tertiary care centre here attached to the FAAMC Hospital.
The decision of the State Government to establish a cancer hospital in collaboration with philanthropist Ratan Tata-led Tata Traust has been widely acclaimed by the local people.
In Tinsukia: Bhoomi Pujan for the proposed Level 2 cancer hospital was held at the site of the Tinsukia Medical College at Hukan Pukhuri near Makum in Tinsukia district today, our Correspondent adds.
The Bhoomi Pujan was held in the presence of MLAs of Tinsukia and Sadiya, Sanjay Kishan and Bolin Chetia respectively, besides Deputy Commissioner Oinam Saran Kumar Singh and many other dignitaries as well as Government officers of different departments.
In Mangaldai: The ground-breaking ceremony of the proposed 50�bed daycare cancer institute was held today on the eastern side of Mangaldai Civil Hospital campus, our Correspondent adds.
Mangal Singh Jhanjhari, a cancer survivor and a journalist lit the ceremonial lamp at a function organised on the occasion at the campus of the new Maternal & Child Health Hospital.
Several prominent persons, including MLAs from Mangaldai, Sipajhar and Kalaigaon, namely Gurujyoti Das, Binanda Saikia and Maheswar Boro respectively, besides Deputy Commissioner of Darrang district Ashok Kumar Barman, Joint Director (i/c) of Health Services, Darrang, Dr Jadumani Kataki, Chairman of Mangaldai Municipal Board Pratap Bordoloi, Darrang district committee BJP president Nilima Devi etc present on the occasion.
The speakers hoped that this health institution of Level 3 category would start functioning within the next two years and would help a sizeable section of cancer patients of Darrang and Udalguri districts with modern cancer care treatment, including chemo and radio therapy, besides counselling, among others.
The function was compered by Jahnabi Sarma, District Media Expert of NHM, Darrang, and attended by most of the senior health officials, nursing staff and ASHA workers, among others.
In Silchar: In a welcome step towards improved cancer treatment in Barak Valley, along with 19 other locations across the State, the foundation stone for the Level 2 cancer care unit under the Assam Cancer Care Foundation - a joint initiative of the Government of Assam and Tata Trust was laid by Silchar MLA Dilip Kumar Paul in the premises of Silchar Medical College & Hospital today, our Staff Correspondent adds.
The occasion was witnessed by Udharbond MLA Mihir Kanti Shome, former Union Minister Kabindra Purakayastha and Cachar Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan. Nitin Bhandarkar, Programme Manager of Tata Trust was also present on the occasion.
�It is a historic day for the State in terms of beating the lethal disease. The hospital will be ready to render services in two years,� the local MLA said after laying the foundation stone.
Dr Shilpi Rani Barman, Principal of Silchar Medical College and Hospital in her speech said that Barak Valley is prone to cancer and this initiative of the Government and Tata Trust has come as a boon for the victims to avail proper treatment.
In Kokrajhar: Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary while taking part in the Bhoomi Pujan for the inclusive cancer care centre at Besorgaon near Deborgaon in Kokrajhar district today, said he was optimistic of robust functioning of Kokrajhar Medical College soon, our Correspondent adds.
Mohilary took part in the prayer and lighting of ceremonial lamp during the foundation laying of the cancer centre before he addressed the gathering. He told mediapersons that new cancer centres across Assam was very important as the killer disease was taking its toll on an ever-increasing number of people.
He said people of the State had been facing severe hardship due to lack of cancer hospitals in the region. Moreover, poor people cannot afford proper treatment in other metro cities, he mentioned.
Mohilary said the establishment of new cancer centres with Tata Trust will cater to the needs of the people of the North East. He said the new cancer centre was planned to be set up at Besorgaon near Deborgaon as the Kokrajhar Medical College would be set up at Besorgaon. He said the facilities for consultation, treatment and counselling would be easy after the new cancer centre is set up adjacent to the medical college. He dwelt on the necessity of establishment of medical colleges in every district of the State to overcome the shortage of doctors and paramedical staff. He also said that the Kokrajhar Medical College, which is a long-pending demand of the people of BTC region, is likely to be set up on August next.
The ceremonial function was also attended by Minister for Social Welfare Pramila Rani Brahma, BTC EMs Doneswar Goyary, Rajib Brahma, Ansumwi Khunggur Boro, Lwmsrao Daimary, Ganesh Kachary, MLA Thaneswar Basumatary, MCLAs, BTC Principal Secretary BC Phukan, Kokrajhar DC Niranjan Baruah, IGP Anurag Agarwal, SP Rajen Singh and higher officials of the Medical Department.
The dignitaries also watched the launching of new cancer centres in Guwahati in the live digital video conferencing where BJP national president Amit Shah, Chairman of Tata Trust Ratan N Tata, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Kandu addressed the gathering.
In Dibrugarh: As part of the State Government�s cancer care programme being initiated in some 19 districts, Bhoomi Pujan for the establishment of a much-sought after cancer care centre here was organised within the campus of the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) today, our Staff Correspondent adds.
The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri, Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, Lahoal MLA Rituparna Baruah and Principal of Assam Medical College and Hospital Dr Hiranya Kumar Goswami.
A meeting was also organised following the Bhoomi Pujan at John Berry White memorial conference hall of AMCH. The meeting was attended by eminent writer and litterateur Dr Nagen Saikia, Moran MLA Chakradhar Gogoi and Dr Gayatri Gogoi, Nodal Officer for Cancer Awareness, among others. Two patients fighting with cancer also spoke on the occasion.
Dr Nagen Saikia in his speech told the gathering that the learned community must engage more in scientific discourse and practical programmes instead of events like Bhoomi Pujan or Namami Brahmaputra. Scientific thinking and scientific discussions must be given more importance for practical solutions to any problems, said Dr Saikia.