express news service
New Delhi: On the first Saturday of every month at Bihar’s Narayan Medical College (Jamuhar), hundreds of people, some of whom even travel over 150 km, visit an oncologist who is from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Comes and has been providing free treatment for the last nine years.
Dr Sunil Kumar, assistant professor of cancer surgery at AIIMS, never missed the first weekend to visit his birthplace, Dehri in Rohtas district, which he started with his NGO ‘Chandrakanti Devi Cancer Foundation’ named after his mother. Chosen, a cancer survivor
“I was practicing in the US when my mother was diagnosed with cancer, which made me realize the need to make cancer care accessible in rural areas. I joined AIIMS in 2012 and started this NGO the next year. Earlier, only five people supported my cause. Now, there are 14-15 volunteers in the NGO, and when someone suspects cancer, they go to the doctors here, they inform my NGO members, “They said.
The foundation runs a cancer clinic where free consultation is done along with the treatment plan, and all assistance is provided to the patients if advanced treatment is required at AIIMS.
“Our primary focus is to spread awareness about cancer and provide free treatment to cancer patients. Access to advanced healthcare is limited in rural areas, especially in Bihar. Most of the patients coming to AIIMS are in advanced stage or their condition is bad. Early detection is the ultimate cure for this disease. So my target was that if people with cancer are diagnosed early, they can be admitted to AIIMS for better treatment.”
The Foundation holds monthly public cancer awareness programs in schools, colleges and government health centers.
“I am also training local health workers so that they can be contacted for initial care. For example, if a woman has developed a lump in her breast, she will only be able to communicate about
A woman health worker,” said Dr Kumar.