The Fact News Service
Ludhiana, December 10
Expressing his concern over rising number of cancer patients across the country, Sanjeev Arora, MP (Rajya Sabha) has stressed to create more awareness for early diagnosis and treatment of the deadly disease.
He was addressing the Oswal Cancer Conclave on the topic “New Biology Driven Research and Treatment of Carcinoma Endometrium” at Vidya Sagar Oswal Auditorium, Mohandai Oswal College of Nursing, Mohandai Oswal Hospital, Ludhiana on Friday.
Arora who was the chief guest at the conclave, said there were around 30 million cancer patients across the country and nearly 2 million patients are added every year. He added the actual number of cancer patients could be many more as many cases are there which are unreported.
He lauded the services being rendered by Mohandai Oswal Hospital in treating the cancer patients. He added the hospital was established way back in 1984 with the great vision of JL Oswal Family. At that time, there were a few institutes treating the cancer patients across the country, he said, adding that the hospital has earned a name over the period.
Arora said special camps and awareness drives should be carried out to create mass awareness because many types of cancers such as breast cancer are 100 per cent curable in many cases if diagnosed and treated at an early stage. He added in many types of cancers even there is no need to go out for conducting a test because one may do it with self-detection test at home. Many lives can be saved if early detection of cancer is done, he added.
On the occasion, Arora presented copy of a document prepared on affordability of cancer treatment, its diagnosis and prevention by a parliamentary committee to Dr. Murtuza Habib, Director (Medical Services) of the hospital. He said the document has been prepared by the parliamentary committee on health over a period of two years and hoped that the document would prove very beneficial for faculty of the hospital.
Arora also lauded the future expansion plans of the hospital. He said he has been told that the hospital is about to start many specialised services in bone marrow and Palliative care. He added Palliative care is an interdisciplinary medical caregiving approach aimed at optimizing quality of life and mitigating suffering among people with serious, complex, and often terminal illnesses.
On the occasion, Arora announced a grant of Rs.50 laca out of MPLAD Fund for the hospital. He also announced to adopt 12 poor and needy cancer patients annually in the hospital on behalf of Krishna Pran Breast Cancer Care Charitable Trust, established in the name of his parents who succumbed due to different types of cancers. The cancer patients to be adopted will be given free medicines and treatment during their whole life. Earlier, Trust has been rendering this self-less service to poor and needy cancer patients in DMCH, Ludhiana. He added the Trust has so far adopted 190 such patients over the period.
In his address, Jawahar Lal Oswal, Chairman-Cum-Managing Director, of the hospital said they were organising Oswal Cancer Conclave after a passage of about 30 years and this could be possible only with the efforts of Dr Murtuza Habib Director (Medical Services), Yogendra Awadhiya Director (Operations) and Dr Ashwin Philips, organising secretary. He added the overall objective of The Endometrium Conundrum Conference is to stimulate discussion on all oncology specialities covering different aspects of care in Endometrial cancers, as well as encourage research. He hoped that the conclave would prove fruitful in making future strategies, which will ultimately prove better for the cancer patients. He also thanked Arora for his contribution of 50 lakh to the hospital.
Adding, Jawahar Lal Oswal announced that the hospital is going to start Palliative care from January 1, 2023. He hoped that their initiative will prove greatly helpful to cancer patients who are at last stage of their life.
On the occasion, Dr Manmohan Krishan Mahajan who dedicated his whole life to cancer treatment was honoured with life time achievement award.
Sanjeev Arora was also honoured by JL Oswal & Kamal Oswal. Present on the occasion included Dinesh Oswal & Sandeep Jain from the hospital’s governing body.
Later, in an informal interaction with the media persons, Sanjeev Arora, MP told that ensuring healthcare to each and every person was on top priority of the state government led by Hon’ble Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann. He said mohalla clinics started by the present state government are proving a boon for the masses. citing an example, he said over 35,000 patients have been examined and treated so far at a mohalla clinic set up near Chand Cinema in Ludhiana.