DIPHU, Nov 27 - A two-day orientation programme on palliative care organised by the Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) concluded on Tuesday at the ANM Training Centre, Civil Hospital, Diphu with an aim to sensitise the Community Health Officers (CHC), Auxiliary Nurse and Midwife (ANM) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA).
Key members from the KAAC attended the inaugural event. The inaugural programme of the workshop was graced by dignitaries like Khonsing Rongpi, Executive Member i/c Health and Family Planning department, KAAC, Sanjeeb Kr Das, Principal Secretary, Bidya Sing Teron, Medical Board Chairman and Dr Kareng Rongpipi, Joint Director of Health Services.
Dr Sanghamitra Bora, Lead-Palliative Care from ACCF, emphasised on the importance and need of such workshops and how this would help in identifying patients in remote areas. The Health EM, KAAC Rongpi, in his speech, encouraged all the participants to sincerely learn and serve the community at the micro-level and help patients avail the cancer care facilities that are expected to be operational soon in the region.
It may be mentioned here that Assam Cancer Care Foundation is a Government of Assam and Tata Trusts initiative, established to create a three-tier comprehensive cancer care network and provide accessible and affordable care for the denizens. The ACCF has undertaken the mission of setting up the state-of-the-art cancer care facilities across the State. These facilities are strategically located to ensure that everyone has access to the full suite of treatment without having to travel too far from their base. The facilities will be digitally-enabled by DiNc (Digital Nerve Centre) that has been set up within the premises of State Cancer Institute (SCI) in Guwahati.
Talking about the DiNC, Kakoti informed that DiNC will open new communication touch points to connect the three-tier hospital network in real time, for delivery of virtual care through consistent and continuous communication. This will multiply the impact of the 18-centre physical infrastructure by almost four times.
ACCF works towards strengthening the continuum of cancer control activities and services through extensive research focusing on reducing overall burden of the patient and by sensitising citizens through awareness, prevention, early detection, and palliative care, Kakoti added.