Nagaland tops in cancer cases
KOHIMA — Nagaland has been placed 11th rank for cancer incidences in the country and second in the world for Nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer.
This was disclosed by MLA Dr. Tseilhoutuo Rhutso on Friday during the 19th annual conference of Association of Oncologists of North East India (AONEI) held at De Oriental Grand Hotel in Kohima as special guest.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Rhutso disclosed that Nagaland stood at 11 position in terms of cancer and second in the world for Nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer incidence.
The legislator viewed that in the next two days conference would be a meaningful event with experts sharing their expertist and a testament of commitment towards better treatment, facility and accessibility for cancer treatment to the people.
Dr. Rhutso exuded confidence that the event would enable the participants with broader knowledge and give relief and cure among others to the patients.
He exuded hope that the knowledge shared during the convention would help the fraternity come closer in handling cancer cases in future.
V Kezo, commissioner and secretary of Health and Family Welfare, admitted that that a lot of things are yet to be done in the state and the region are yet to take full benefits of technology of science and knowledge.
He requested AONEI members to undergo further studies in order to mitigate cases of cancers prevailing in Nagaland.
Meanwhile, Dr. CS Premesh, director of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, spoke on ‘Reducing disparities in cancer care’ and highlighted the burden of cancer that the people from across the country are facing for treatment.
He pointed out the need for increased participation in the National Cancer Grid (NCG), help drive new initiatives relevant to the region and others to fight cancer.
Dr. Jadunath Buragohian, president of AONEI, stated that the association was formed twenty years back and actively involved in various activities. He informed that the association would introduce AONEI travelling fellowship in the coming years and would further pursue for more research.
He maintained that cancer poses a great threat to humanity with huge burden in the society and called for more efforts to reach out more people for awareness and treatment.
AONEI also felicitated recipient of Ramon Magsaysay Award 2023, Padma Shri Dr. Ravi Kannan on the occasion.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by Dr. Vinotsole T Khamo, chairman of organising committee, while the AONEI secretary report was presented by Dr. Abhijit Talukdar.
On the occasion, AONEI conference souvenir magazine was also released by the special guest, while AONEI 2024 Newsletter was released by the guest of honour.