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A celebration with a difference

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Call for establishing rural cancer centres on a large scale


A good number of cancer patients from across West Godavari district brought together

Patients share information on managing cancer




Foot soldiers: Walkers taking out a rally to mark Gandhi Jayanti in Eluru on Saturday.

BHIMAVARAM: It was a celebration with a difference on the Gandhi Jayanti cay at the International Cancer Centre run by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical Trust at China Amiram here on Saturday. The occasion brought together a good number of cancer patients from across the district. Some benign persons distributed sweets among the participants on the occasion. The bonhomie the get-together brought in had helped the patients relieve themselves of stress sharing information on cancer management. The sharing of experiences by some of the participants who had their ailment cured, gave the patients all the much-needed grit to fight it out.

Brochure

A brochure in Telugu, brought out by the centre, on the importance of prevention and early diagnosis of commonly occurring maladies such as cervix, breast and oral cancers was distributed to the participants. The trust distributed mementoes with pictures of Mahatma Gandhi to them.

Speaking on the occasion, M. R. Raju, Managing Trustee, and M. Subhadra Devi Raju, founder of the trust, called for the emergence of rural cancer centres on a large scale as satellites to the major cancer centres located in the big cities so as to give the cancer patients with rural background an access for awareness and treatment of the disease. This could alone be the dependable means to bring down the increasing incidence of cancer prevalent mostly in the rural parts of the country, they asserted.

Meanwhile, rallies and blood donation camps marked the event across the district. Students from colleges and schools took out rallies in Bhimavaram in promotion of the Gandhian messages of peace and non-violence. A marathon walk was held in Eluru under the aegis of various walkers' clubs. National Cadets Corps (NCC) organized a procession promoting blood donation on the eve of the Gandhi Jayanti.

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