GOALPARA, June 16 - A cancer care hospital will be inaugurated ceremonially on June 18 at the civil hospital complex in a sprawling campus of two acres synchronising with the traditional ritual bhoomi poojan and laying of the foundation stone to be held centrally at Khanapara, Guwahati.
Talking to this correspondent, the Joint Director, Department of Health & Family Welfare Dr Nil Madhab Das said that the bhoomi poojan ceremony will be performed at the site which will then be followed by a social awareness meeting that is likely to be attended by a large number of people from all walks of life including the official staff and public leaders.
Dr Das informed that the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) has been formed as a joint partnership with the Government of India to create a unique, first of its kind, three-level cancer grid in the State with the objective of creating patient-centric cancer institutions which will bring affordable and standardised care near to the patient�s home. He also said that overall 19 cancer care hospitals will be set up across the State in collaboration with the Tata Trust with the objective to provide modern treatment to the patients of the State and also of the North-east. The hospital at Goalpara will be constructed at L3 level which will maintain day care diagnostics facilities within the civil hospital complex.
Dr Das has further requested all sections of the public to attend the inaugural ceremony on Monday.
World Blood Donors� Day: The World Blood Donors� Day (WBDD), the event which serves to raise awareness for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their voluntary life saving gifts of blood, was observed on June 14 this year by the Department of Health & Family Welfare in association with the civil hospital and blood bank. An awareness rally was organised which was then followed by an awareness meeting on voluntary blood donation.
Later on, a blood donation camp was organised in collaboration with the 11 Mountain Brigade, Army camp, Agia where 73 units of blood were donated voluntarily by the jawans.