World Cancer Day observed by educational, health institutions

Secretary H&ME Department Bhupinder Kumar flagging off cancer awareness walk from SCI Jammu on Saturday.
Secretary H&ME Department Bhupinder Kumar flagging off cancer awareness walk from SCI Jammu on Saturday.

*OPD services inaugurated in SCI

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 4: World Cancer Day was observed today by various health as well as educational institutions across Jammu region with the theme ‘Close the Care Gap’ which is about understanding the inequities in cancer care and taking actions to make necessary progress to address them.
To mark the occasion, Secretary Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department Bhupinder Kumar today inaugurated OPD services in the much-awaited State Cancer Institute (SCI) at Government Medical College (GMC) Jammu. This was the first step to kick start cancer services in State Cancer Institute and soon will be followed by other services like day care services, in door services and installation of latest machinery to treat cancer.
Thereafter, one-day CME was organized by Oncology Department. Dr Shashi Sudan Sharma, Principal GMC Jammu presented an over view of State Cancer Institute. She elaborated the services that will be made available to the public in State Cancer Institute.
Dr Ashutosh Gupta, Head Oncology and organizing chairman presented the vision of State Cancer Institute from its inception to present day when it has started its functioning. A special mention of Preventive Oncology services was made by all speakers so that people can diagnose cancers at early stage for successful treatment. Administrator GMC Jammu and Dr Jitender Mehta (Nodal Officer SCI) were present on the occasion. Dr Deepak Kumar (Deputy MS, SCI) also spoke on the occasion.
To observe the Day, a national level online quiz was organized by Department of Botany, Government Degree College (Boys) Kathua. Prof Ram Krishan while giving details of quiz said that response of students was overwhelming, as large number of students of different colleges of J&K, Ladakh, Punjab, UP, Haryana and other states took part in the quiz. From J&K, about 250 students from different colleges participated.
Government Degree College (GDC) Khour conducted a cancer awareness lecture for the students of the College. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Arun Sharma educated the students about main causes and symptoms of cancer like unusual lumps or swelling, persistent coughing, breathlessness or difficulty in swallowing, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, and persistent indigestion.
NSS unit (IMDAD) of GDC Darhal organized an essay writing competition with the aim to reduce the misconception and myths about cancer and to help people in getting the right information at the right time. In the competition, students of the College participated with great zeal and dissipated vital information about cancer.
World Cancer Day was also observed at Rajiv Gandhi College of Nursing, Jammu. To mark the occasion, students of RGCN presented a captivating bonanza of items which included poster making competition, quiz, powerpoint presentations and speeches focusing on spreading awareness for Cancer Day.
In Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar (Jammu), a seminar on ‘Overview of World Cancer Day’ was organized. The theme of the World Cancer Day ‘Close the Care Gap’ was explained by Dr Parveen Yograj, Medical Superintendent of the Hospital. A poster making competition was also organized for the students of ANMT School, Gandhi Nagar (Jammu).
To mark the occasion, Cancer OPD was started at Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission Charitable Hospital, Amphalla (Jammu) by renowned Breast Cancer Specialist Dr Surbhi Kudyar, in presence of president of the Mission Anil Gupta, other office bearers and Administrator of the Hospital Dr Romesh Gupta, who informed that Dr Kudyar will render her services in OPD of the Hospital on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Jeevan Sangarsh Trust (NGO) observed World Cancer Day by adopting two cancer patients Sunita Devi and Biro Devi. Jeevan Sangarsh Trust has been working in the cancer sector by organizing cancer awareness campaign in J&K. Members discussed over the subject elaborately and chalked out strategy for next follow up for cancer care cases. Chairperson Rajni Sharma and general secretary Manvi Sharma were present on the occasion.