GUWAHATI, Aug 28 - A newly developed day care chemotherapy ward was inaugurated at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) today by Ramesh Chandra Jain, Chairman of the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA).
The facility has been jointly developed by Sankarlal Goenka, chairman of Jeevan Ram Mungi Devi Goenka Public Charitable Trust, and Eastern India Motion Picture Artists Welfare Society.
SEBA Chairman Jain, in his inaugural speech, appreciated the contribution made by Goenka and Eastern India Motion Picture Artists Welfare Society for developing the improved facility for the benefit of a large number of cancer patients.
He appealed to NGOs, corporate houses and individuals to come forward and contribute for creating and upgrading infrastructure facilities at public health institutions.
Speaking on the occasion, Goenka appreciated the service rendered by BBCI for the people of the north-eastern region.
BBCI Director Dr Amal Chandra Kataki said that inter-current infections are one of the major side effects during the long course of chemotherapy for various cancers.
The new chemotherapy ward will have 20 critical care beds, and strict aseptic condition will be maintained in the ward as per the BBCI Hospital Infection Control Committee recommendations to minimise incidence of such infection.
This will also help in improve the outcomes following chemotherapy, added Dr Kataki.
Dr C Bhuyan, Professor and Head of Medical and Paediatric Oncology of BBCI, said that daily around 40 to 50 patients receive day care chemotherapy at the institute.
On the occasion, a new eight-bed childhood cancer patients� ward was also inaugurated.
Dr Munlima Hazarika, Professor of Medical Paediatric Oncology at BBCI, said that on a daily basis around 35 to 40 childhood cancer patients attend the institute for diagnosis, treatment and regular check-ups.