ACCF Resumes Community Outreach Programmes in APPL Tea Gardens
- NCD screening and awareness programmes resumed at APPL Tea Garden of Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Darrang
Guwahati, July 03, 2020 - Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) in collaboration with Amalgamated Plantation Private Limited (APPL) resumes its community outreach programme in three tea gardens at Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Darrang district viz. Lamabari TE, Namrup TE and Bhelaguri TE. This comes after nearly three months of gap because of COVID19 crisis. As many services in the state are opening up in a phased-wise manner, ACCF after discussions with higher authorities of APPL Estate has come to this decision of resuming the programme. Work at Darrang started today, while in Dibrugarh and Jorhat the progarmme was resumed on June 29th and 30th respectively.
The team will focus on sustaining awareness and preventive measures of COVID19 amongst the people in the tea gardens. An increased focus will be on tobacco control activities, as it is a well-known fact that tobacco consumption in any form increases serious complications from COVID-19. Tobacco use is known to cause immunosuppression or negatively affecting the immune system of the human body. Once negatively affected, the tobacco user is susceptible to numerous diseases. Smokers may have a reduced lung capacity which would greatly increase risk of COVID19.
The outreach team of ACCF will be stationed at the respective tea estates for the next one to two months and will continue providing its services along with the Social Welfare Team of these estates. Door-to-door visits will be conducted to make people aware on healthy food habits and exercising which are not only important cautionary practices against COVID19, but also other existing non-communicable diseases (NCD). COVID19 screening will be conducted every day along with NCD screenings in selected areas of the tea gardens.
Dr Rajiv Pathni, Head of Operations, ACCF, said, “With the restarting of the ACCF community outreach programmes we believe it will provide a further impetus to the ongoing efforts of the Government in containing the current COVID19 crisis. Our team will be working closely with the stakeholders in the tea garden to conduct daily awareness programmes and community screenings of COVID19 along with common NCDs.”
Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) 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. These facilities are strategically located to ensure everyone has access to quality treatment 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.
ACCF is working towards strengthening the continuum of cancer care and preventive services through extensive research focusing on down staging by sensitizing masses through awareness, prevention, early detection, optimal treatment and palliative care.
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