GUWAHATI, April 26 - The mid-term meet of the Confluence �56, was held on April 24 at Hotel Ambarish here with its president Dr BR Bhuyan in the chair, according to a press release issued here today.
At the outset, the members deeply mourned the sad demise of one of their founder members Ambika Baruah on April 11.
The meeting was attended by three life members of voluntary organisation Deepsikha Foundation which works for the welfare of cancer patients. Dr Monalisha Goswami Sarma, one of the life members of the Foundation and consultant neurologist at Nemcare Hospital delivered a talk highlighting the voluntary services rendered by the organisation to poor and needy cancer patients and their families.
Dr Goswami Sarma also informed the gathering about the establishment of �Hospiece� centres in Mumbai, Guwahati and Mirza for use by the patients and their attendants. While talking about the activities of the Foundation, she mentioned the selfless and devoted services rendered by its founder chairperson Devasish Sharma and secretary Dr Mrinmoyee Baruah.
Confluence �56 felicitated Dr Monalisha Goswami Sarma, Guna Govinda Das and Nayan Kalita and offered Rs 20 thousand, voluntarily contributed by the members present at the meeting itself.
Confluence�56 president Dr BR Bhuyan, in his presidential address, talked about the alarming prevalence of cancer, even among young children and youths. He stated that consumption of tobacco is the most common cause of cancer.
Dr Bhuyan rued that while the government is spending huge amounts of money in implementing the plans for prevention of cancer, the business community is advertising and selling tobacco products in different forms even around the school and college premises.
He emphatically suggested that it is high time to ban the cultivation of tobacco itself by legislation to check the ever-increasing rise of incidence of cancer in the country.