In a first,the Army has decided to take cancer care to Jammu and Kashmir. It has tied up with Mumbai NGO Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) to organise screening camps at Uri,Rampur,Braripura in Baramulla district along the Line of Control (LoC) on October 3 and 4.
The aim of the programme is to promote cancer awareness and treatment,besides ensuring that residents of the Valley do not feel left out. It is targeted at the socially and economically underprivileged.
Cancer screening programmes are held across the country. But people in the Valley remain untouched. They are deprived even of basic healthcare and have to walk for hours to get something as minor as a fracture treated, said Major Navjot Singh,commanding officer of Dogra Regiment. He expects about 500 people to participate in the programme.
The focus will be on spreading awareness about cervical and breast cancer among women, he said.
A team of 20 from Mumbai,including four cancer specialists and three lab technicians,will travel to the three towns.
For the past one-and-a-half months,we have been in touch with Army personnel,working out details of the programme. We have been briefed on how to communicate with the locals, said Neeta More,director (diagnostic services),CPAA.
Mazgaon Dock,which manufactures warships and submarines for Indian Navy,has donated Rs 3.5 lakh for the programme.