Cancer is one of the most common health issues people from the Northeast suffer from. Due to the habits of intake of areca nut, the people of the north-eastern states suffer from oral cancer. Along with oral cancer, breast cancer is also becoming very common among women especially from urban areas due to the intake of various hormonal medicines, contraceptives, and late marriage.
In conversation with a senior specialist from Dr B.Borooah Cancer Institute, it was informed that the institution receives 35,000 patients per year among which, most suffer from oral cancer.
Northeast is all set to get seven more cancer hospitals in Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Darrang, Kokrajhar and Tezpur. All these cancer care hospitals will be inaugurated by Narendra Modi on April 28.
Along with the inauguration, the foundation stone of seven more hospitals will be laid on the same day.
It was on Sunday last that the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma reviewed the work of the same in Dibrugarh. Sarma also reviewed the finishing touches being given to the hospital with doctors and construction engineers
It was on Sunday last that the chief minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma reviewed the work of the same in DibrugarhAccording to sources, as many as 550 beds across the seven cancer care hospitals will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi from Dibrugarh.
The new cancer care facilities, with advanced diagnostics infrastructure, in Assam, will address the needs of cancer patients from not just the state but from the neighbouring states of the Northeast as every year, many cancer patients have to travel outside the region for treatment.
Meanwhile, state health minister Keshab Mahanta, who was also present during the review of arrangements at Dibrugarh, visited the cancer hospital at Lakhimpur on Monday to oversee the preparations ahead of the inauguration of the facility by the Prime Minister.
"I reviewed the status of the newly set up hospital and urged the construction company, Larsen and Toubro to speed up the remaining work of the final stage of the hospital, which will be simultaneously inaugurated with six other Cancer hospitals. The deputy commissioner, Lakhimpur, was entrusted with the responsibility of daily supervision," Mahanta said.
The health minister further informed that the trial run of the cancer hospital at Lakhimpur would begin on April 20.