Minister Jitendra Singh Union launched the “Pink Cancer Campaign chain ‘which aims to raise awareness of the disease and its prevention and cure in the secretariat of the North Council (NEC) here on Saturday.
The campaign weeklong organized by the NEC and the Campaign Rosa chain, an NGO, will end on April 29.
The launch of the campaign, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (Doner) Mr. Singh said the campaign is not necessarily intended only for the state of Meghalaya, but for the entire Northeast.
“The success of this campaign would lie when we reach a situation where we would have no need for a campaign so few years from now,” he said.
Over the years, the prevalence of cancer has increased in the Northeast due to various factors such as dietary habits and lifestyle, Singh said.
The Doner Minister also announced a course of 6 months in the Adyar Cancer Institute based in Chennai for physicians or surgeons in the region.
Stating that the first batch has already left and begun its course in January, he said the cost of training doctors, surgeons and physicians will be assumed by the Ministry and the Institute. – PTI