ACCF Inaugurates Wellness Kiosk at Silchar Medical

Free of cost health kiosk opened at Silchar Medical College and Hospital for screening of common NCDs and oral, cervical and breast cancers

Silchar, April 08: Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) inaugurated a wellness kiosk – Swasth Assam, at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH). It was inaugurated by Chief Guest Dr Babul Bezbaruah – Principal cum Superintendent, SMCH and attended by Dr Abhijit Swami - Superintendent; Dr Bhaskar Gupta – Vice Principal of SMCH, Dr Sajal Sen – Chief Operating Officer, ACCF and host of dignitaries from SMCH and ACCF. The kiosk has been set up in collaboration with SMCH for preventive health check-up for common Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and cervical, oral and breast cancers.

Focusing on the dictum of 'early detection - best protection', ACCF endeavors to reduce cancer related deaths in the state through opportunistic screening and creating awareness. The Swasth Kiosks are being set-up in busy areas of select Government Medical College Hospitals for creating awareness and conducting screening of family members and relatives accompanying the patients and patients' visitors. This being the sixth centre, other ACCF kiosks are located at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, Guwahati; Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital; Barpeta; Tezpur Medical College and Hospital, Tezpur; Assam Medical College and Hospital, Dibrugarh; and Diphu Medical College and Hospital, Diphu.

At the event, Dr Bezbaruah said "We are extending full support towards the noble initiative of ACCF. The kiosk is open to all. We will be able to reduce the cancer related morbidity and mortality in the region if people at large get preventive check-up done at regular intervals and get motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle.".

In a cancer care programme, screening is an important pillar. ACCF has implemented several initiatives in the past years to address the growing burden of cancer in the state. Free of cost screening programmes are being organised in eight districts and tea gardens besides the kiosks.

"We have an increasing order of cancer cases in Assam and majority of the cancers are detected at a late stage where there is little or no treatment and high rate of fatalities. It is important to undergo screening, especially those above the age of 30. The kiosk is providing free of cost health check-up and I request all to avail the services ", said Dr Sen.

ACCF is in the process of setting up ten comprehensive world class cancer care facilities at Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Diphu, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Silchar, Barpeta, Jorhat and Kokrajhar. The locations are strategically planned to reduce the travel and hardships of cancer patients across the state.

ACCF has provided additional services of day care chemotherapy centres in medical colleges of Dibrugarh, Diphu and Barpeta; a radiation therapy centre at Dibrugarh; and three palliative care units at Dibrugarh, Jorhat and SCI.

About ACCF

Assam Cancer Care Foundation is a joint initiative of the Government of Assam and the Tata Trusts, established to create a three-tier comprehensive distributed cancer care network to provide accessible and affordable care for the underserved.

ACCF has undertaken the challenging mission of setting up state-of-the-art cancer care facilities across the state of Assam to ensure everyone has access to quality treatment for cancer without having to travel more than three hours 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. This centre will connect the three-tier hospital network in real time, for delivery of virtual care through effective and efficient communication.

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