National Cancer Institute (NCI) has under taken an initiative ‘Ayushmati’ to eliminate the dreadful disease cancer from the society. The initiative is dedicated to educate and diagnose cancer amongst the women, informed Medical Director of NCI, Dr Anand Pathak at the launch progarmme of ‘Ayushmati’.
Eminent, social activist, Amruta Fadnavis was the chief guest while Director AIIMS Nagpur, Maj Gen Dr Vibha Datta SM, along with Joint Director of NCI, Col Anil Sharma and CEO and General Secretary of NCI, Shailesh Joglekar were the guests of honour.
Interacting with the mediapersons, Dr Pathak said, that to eliminate cancer one has to overcome the challenges and problems like late detection, social factors, lack of services and many more. “Ayushmati aims to give freedom from the fear of cancer” he added.
Dr Pathak explained all the important factors like genetics, lifestyle, environment and personal history, and all the causes of cancer through a power point presentation (PPT). He appealed all the women above 40 years of age to get mammography test done every year.
Dr Anand also informed that through this programme women will be educated and will be made aware about cancer. They will be screened and if detected with cancer, they will be treated as well. Amruta Fadnavis, appreciated NCI’s initiative and said, “Women should not try to avoid themselves from taking medical treatment. About 63 percent of women do not take timely medical care”, she said.
“Health comes first and a woman while carrying all her responsibilities should not neglect her health problems. While doing all theses you are not only doing service for yourself but also to the nation. Let’s fly high together”, she added.
Dr Vibha Datta informed that every 8th minute, a women dies of Cervix cancer. In India 25 percent women are suffering from cancer than men, which is an opposite scenario in the world. “Cancer is cured in most of the cases. It is only a disease one should take care and respect it”.
Dr Medha Dixit briefed about the Ayushmati programme. She informed that every Saturday women’s group will be invited for the awareness and screening of the disease. Around 25 women per week and 1500 women in a year will be screened under the programme.
Shabbir Barmal conducted the programme and a vote of thanks was proposed by Shailesh Joglekar. A large number of women attended the programme.