PIMPRI-Chinchwad Mayor Yogesh Behl on Saturday said the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) will make all efforts to upgrade the health facilities required to treat cancer patients. We are trying to set up a cancer hospital and get advanced machinery to treat those afflicted by the disease, he said.
Inaugurating the Free Shri D M More Medical Information and Help Centre at Kasarwadi on Saturday,the mayor said the civic body was in talks with corporates and social organisations to get the cyberknife machinery which is known to successfully treat patients. Since the PCMC itself is struggling for funds,we are trying to get outside help to provide best medical care for those afflicted by the life-threatening disease, the mayor said amidst applause.
Behl said NCP chief Sharad Pawar had directed the civic body to set up a hospital exclusively to treat cancer patients. Till we the set up such a hospital,our efforts will be to upgrade the facility at our existing oncology unit at YCM Hospital, Behl said,pointing out the medical information centre would indeed benefit citizens who had to run one hospital for proper diagnosis and medical care.
On the occasion,Behl was felicitated by Mandakani Patil and Goyal Residency chairman Sanjay Shah. Seventy-three-year-old Patil has been cured of stomach cancer and she underwent an operation 13 years ago. I have fully recovered from cancer and my will power played a major role. I defeated cancer,it could not defeat me, said the septugenerian even as she took pride in honouring the mayor.
PCMC medical director Dr Rajshekhar Iyer said medical information was the need of the hour as patients need correct and quick diagnosis to ensure that the disease is treated at an early stage. In case of cancer,early detection is the only solution. Once it reaches the advanced stage,cure becomes difficult, he said,while dismissing the notion that doctors are insensitive towards such patients.
Jayshree Marale,convenor of the centre,said,The medical information centre will provide patients and their relatives with information on latest in medical field,help them in getting right diagnosis and finding the right doctor and hospital. The centre will come up with medical cards for every patient approaching it, he said.
State PWD chief engineer Suresh Valekar,corporators Babu Nair,Maruti Bhapar and Seema Savle,labour leader Kailas Kadam,Dr Shahji Chavan of D Y Patil Medical College,former corporators Dattatrya Landge and Sopan Londge,activists Manav Kamble,Domnic Lobo,Pandurang Garsund,Sachin Godambe,Sanjeevani Pandey,Usha Landge,Anita Landge,advocate Sushil Mancharkar,MSEDCL official Ashok Morwal,Shiv Sena youth leader Sarang Kamthekar,Ganesh Rao,Rajendra Rathore,Shilpa Palaskar,Bipin Deshmukh,Shrikant Jadhav,Lahoo Landge and Navin Borade were also present. The event was organised by members of Goyal Residency.