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Chandy assures Govt's help to Cancer Care Society

Posted on Nov 17, 10:12PM | UNI

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today said the state government would take necessary action to meet the recurring expenses of Malabar Cancer Care Society (MCCS) here as soon as possible considering their valuable service to cancer patients.

He said this would be discussed at department level, adding the, government would also give free medicines to cancer patients.

Mr Chandy inaugurated the MCCS counselling centre 'Jeevavani', cancer survivors forum Force and a tele medicine tie-up between Amrutha Institute of Medical science(AIMS) Kochi and Sree Chithra institute of medical science (SCIMS), at the MCCS premises.

Mr Chandy said so far, MCCS had given training to 35,000 people to spread awareness about cancer. Their doctors visit about 12.5 lakh houses to diagnose cancer and suspected cases. This service was considered valuable. The 'jeevavani' will provide counselling for newly diagnosed cancer cases, including information regarding the disease, treatment and centres, organisations and sources for financial assistance for treatment and rehabilitation. The patients can get information over phone also regarding cancer treatment and their side effects.

Mr Chandy also presented 50 mobile phones to 50 cancer survivors with two years talk time, at the programme which was sponsored by a textile firm flemex.

Minister for Rural Development and Planning K C Joseph inaugurated the 'Yuvavimukthi', a forum against tobacco, alcohol and drugs in 100 selected schools and colleges in Kannur district with the support of the district administration. The main aim of 'Yuvavimukthi' is to check the growing consumption of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.