Free check-up of diabetes, blood pressure and cancers through ‘Swasth Chandrapur’ kiosk by Tata Trusts at GMC, Chandrapur

Free of cost screening and awareness services to be provided to patients, their caregivers and visitors

Chandrapur, November 05, 2020: Tata Trusts today announced the setting up of Swasth Chandrapur, a Screening and Awareness Kiosk at Government Medical College (GMC), Chandrapur. The kiosk has been set-up by the Chandrapur Cancer Care Foundation (CCCF); a special purpose vehicle set-up by Tata Trusts, Government of Maharashtra, Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), and District Mineral Foundation (DMF). The kiosk will offer free of cost screening for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): diabetes, hypertension, and oral, breast and cervical cancers; along with a general health check-up to OPD and IPD patients, along with their caregivers and visitors.

According to ICMR, NCDs form 63% of the overall disease burden of the state of Maharashtra and the risk of death due to NCDs begin to increase from the age of 30. In line with this, the kiosk is expected to cater to an average of 1500 people daily in the district. The beneficiaries will also be offered health advisory services on lifestyle, nutrition, menstrual health, maternal and child health, and varied health-related topics in an easy to understand manner.

The kiosk was inaugurated by Mr. Ajay Gulhane (I.A.S.), District Collector, Chandrapur; Mr. Rahul Kardile (I.A.S.), Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Chandrapur; Dr. Arun Humne, Dean, Government Medical College, Chandrapur; and Dr. Nivruti Rathod, Civil Surgeon, Civil Hospital, Chandrapur. Also, present at the launch were senior government officials, officials of GMC, Chandrapur, and members of Tata Trusts’ cancer care programme management team.

“Tobacco consumption is a key risk factor for NCDs. As per data, 35% men and 17% women in the state consume tobacco in some form and the consumption begins as early as 17 years. This puts them at higher risk of NCDs later in life. The kiosk is an important step in curbing the NCD disease burden of the region. Concerted efforts are needed in making people aware of the harmful effects of tobacco consumption in any form and screening them for NCDs. We appreciate the efforts made by CCCF for holistic health of the region,” said, Mr. Ajay Gulhane, (I.A.S.), District Collector, Chandrapur.

The state has a high incidence rate of cancer at 80 people per one lakh. Cancers of the breast, cervix and colon are the primary cancers among women, and lung, oral cavity and oesophageal are the primary cancers among men. Most of these cancers can be easily detected with regular screenings.

“The Cancer Care Programme of Tata Trusts, in collaboration with the Directorate of Medical Education, has been setting-up ‘Swasth Kiosks’ in Medical College Hospitals across India. Our screening services will enable in identifying seemingly healthy people suffering from NCDs who may otherwise be unaware of their condition. With early detection of NCDs, and easily identifiable cancers, it is possible to treat patients, save lives, reduce treatment related expenses and improve quality of life,” shared Dr. Sanjiv Chopra, Chief Executive, Cancer Care Programme of Tata Trusts.

“Swasth Chandrapur is a novel concept. We are excited to have the first screening and awareness kiosk of the state in Chandrapur. This will supplement our efforts in early detection and management of NCDs. In our country every patient who visits the hospital is accompanied by minimum one family member or caregiver. This kiosk is an opportunity to reach out to these people, who otherwise may not be going for regular health checks, make them aware and screen them for NCDs,” added Mr. Rahul Kardile (I.A.S.), Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, Chandrapur.

The ‘Swasth Kiosks’ are being set-up in the heavy footfall areas of Medical College Hospitals, leading to maximum patients and their visitors and caregivers benefitting from the services. Four kiosks are already operational in Assam, and more such kiosks are underway in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh; Bhubaneshwar, Orissa; and Diphu and Silchar, Assam.

Tata Trusts, through the Chandrapur Cancer Care Foundation (CCCF), is setting-up a state-of-the-art cancer care hospital at Chandrapur. The hospital will provide affordable and high quality care to cancer patients closer to their homes. The Trusts, through its Cancer Care Programme, run by Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF), also supports the District NHM for strengthening and capacity building of the NCD screening and early detection programme within the region.

About Tata Trusts

Since inception in 1892, Tata Trusts, India’s oldest philanthropic organisation, has played a pioneering role in bringing about an enduring difference in the lives of the communities it serves. Guided by the principles and the vision of proactive philanthropy of the Founder, Jamsetji Tata, the Trusts’ purpose is to catalyse development in the areas of health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihood, digital transformation, migration and urban habitat, social justice and inclusion, environment and energy, skill development, sports, and arts and culture. The Trusts’ programmes, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations, relevant to the country. For more information, please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

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