Mangaluru: Kasturba Medical College Hospital, Attavar observed International Childhood Cancer day on 15.2.2022 at Sanjeevini Hall.
Dr Kishore Kumar, District Health Officer of Dakshina Kannada District was the chief guest. Kudroli Ganesh, Renowned Magician, Dean of Kasturba Medical College Mangalore Dr B Unnikrishnan and Medical Superintendent of KMC Hospital Attavar Dr John Ramapuram were the guests of honour.
Dr Harsha Prasada, chief of Paediatric Haemato Oncology (Child Cancer )division in his introductory speech said that “Every year, International Childhood Cancer day is observed to raise awareness of child cancer and to support children and their families who suffer from this. We have been celebrating International Childhood Cancer day for the last 8 years at our hospital. In these years, we have detected 542 children with cancer and out of the 402 children received the treatment. In India, approximately 50000 children are diagnosed with cancer annually. However, the sad fact is that only 1 child out of 10 receives complete treatment. As a result, the rate of cure for common childhood cancers, such as lymphoma and leukaemia, is 80% in developed countries whereas it is less than 30% in India. However, by organizing such awareness programmes we can encourage parents to take their children for treatment.
Dr Kishore Kumar, District Health Officer, Dakshina Kannada District Inaugurated the program and in his inaugural speech, he said, “There is little fear and confusion about the treatment for cancer among the people. But nowadays medical science is so advanced that there is a cure for all kinds of diseases. But at the right time, with the right team of experts at the right place, the disease can be cured with the right treatment. The cure rate for children with cancer is about 75%, but it is possible if appropriately treated. Instead of fearing cancer, it should be treated quickly”. He also praised KMC Hospital Attavar for organizing such awareness programmes and the tremendous work done in the field of cancer treatment.
Kudroli Ganesh, Renowned Magician, in his speech said that Sometimes even with the most healthy habits, we cannot stop ourselves from getting sick. We must make people believe that cancer is curable by conducting such awareness programmes where the patient or the patient caretaker shares their cure stories of success with the public. He also recalled the moments in KMC Hospital Attavar when his father was admitted to receive the treatment & appreciated the Doctors & Nurses who took care of his father 20 years back. He also shared that he used to entertain other patients at the hospital & he related that there is evidence that patients when given some entertainment therapy would heal faster, Respond to the children and their parents for more than an hour with his magic tricks during this occasion.
Dean of Kasturba Medical College Mangalore Dr B Unnikrishnan said “I am delighted to be a part of this program. KMC Hospital Attavar provides the best treatment for Child cancer. It has the best team of doctors and nurses. He also stressed the importance of support from Society & the role of parents in getting their children treated for such diseases. He also appreciated & thanked newly wedded couple Saiheel Rai and Sushmita Shetty, who on this occasion had donated Rs. 25000 for the treatment of child cancer victims. Dr Unnikrishnan said that this noble deed by the young couple should be an inspiration to many youngsters on how society can contribute to fighting this disease.
Vasudeva Bhat father of Master Vivek Bhat shared his views on his son’s treatment as well as the care that parents should take during their children’s treatment and commended the Doctors and Nursing Staff who treated their son. On this occasion, Master Vivek Bhat presented a sketch of Kudroli Ganesh drawn by him to the Magician.
Kind-hearted donors were recognised & honoured by the Dignitaries for their donations made for the treatment of cancer children.
Dr Harsha Prasada, chief of the Child Cancer division welcomed the gathering and Dr Nutan Kamath, Professor of Paediatrics Senior Child specialist delivered the Vote of Thanks.
Dr Keerthi and Dr Anurag compered the programme.