Tura - Meghalaya

Roko Cancer Charitable Trust, Tura center conducted a camp on 3rd October 2012 at Damalgre Sub‐center 18 Km from Tura under Mellim PHC with population of 6583. The team left Tura at 8:30 am and the camp started at 9:40 am. Initially the attendance was thin but in about hour and half the number started increasing.
The response was encouraging compare to the remoteness of the sub‐center’s location and illiteracy factor.
There were total of 103 adults and 12 children who have been examined and free medications supplied by the DM&HO from NRHM were distributed to the patients.Out of the 103 adults screened, 34 patients were eligible for both Mammograms and 48 patients for Pap smear. Out of the 34 eligible patients, doctor recommended 17 for mammograms which were completed and out of 48 patients eligible for papsmear, doctor recommended 15 for papsmear test. Out of all eligible patients both for mammogram and papsmear number of them did not agree to take the tests; hence there is difference between the eligible patients and the actual test done for mammogram and papsmear.
Since it started getting dark by 5/5:30pm, we have to wrap up the camp at 5:30 pm, half and hour beyond the schedule time of 4 pm due to increase numbers of people arriving later part of the day. Keeping in mind the response and population factor, we may have to keep a window open for future visit to this sub‐center.
Tura center conducted a camp on 21st September 2012 at the New Circuit House complex. There were seven localities around the complex that were covered for the camps – Reserve Gittim, Dermile, Lower Hawakhana, Silangre, Rongkha Chiring, Modinagar and Tetengkol. The camp started at 8:30 as requested by the residents. Due to heavy shower since the night before, the attendance was much less than expected but still reasonable for a day’s camp considering the weather condition.

There were total of 91 adults and 16 children who have been examined and free medications supplied by the DM & HO from NRHM were distributed to the patients. Out of the 91 adults screened, 30 patients were recommended for both Mammograms and Pap smear. Pap smear was taken during the camp.

August 8, 2012 The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Dr. Mukul M Sangma officially flagged off the Roko Cancer Moble Bus from the premises of the District Maternity & Child Hospital, Tura at 9 am . 
 It was a short and simple program as directed by the Chief Minister due to his busy schedule. It was mostly attended by the medical professionals from the Civil Hospital, District Maternity & Child Hospital, Vector born disease control, District TB officer and other medical professionals, Deputy Commissioner, West Garo Hills, Executive Member, District Council, Senior Police Officials, President, Nokma (headman) Council and other dignitaries. 
Dr. C Sangma, District Medical & Health Officer, West Garo Hills, Tura welcome the Chief Minister and delivered the welcome address. He thanked the Chief Minister for sparing his valuable time in spite of his busy schedule to attend the program and his keen interest in flagging off the Roko Cancer mobile bus and for the success of the program in Garo Hills. After the welcome address, the District Medical & Health Officer requested Ms Geeta Sarin, Director, Roko Cancer Charitable Trust, Shillong to give a brief introduction about the organization, its activities and the program. After presenting a bouquet and memento to the Chief Minister and other dignitaries, she briefly dwelled on how the organization started, its aims & objectives, its presence in other parts of the country, and the present program in the state.  She briefly spoke about the Shillong centre and what the organization has done so far for the other districts and look forward to a similar results from these districts as well. 
In his brief but eloquently delivered short speech, the Chief Minister spoke about the collaborative efforts made by the Government and Roko Cancer by signing an MOU to make an early detection of cancer so that proper treatment can be offered to the people of the state. 
Emphasizing the need of creating proper awareness to the rural areas he asserted that we should give utmost importance in this direction. This program is basically directed to the women, who are not in the bracket of educated group especially in the rural areas, as such the need of awareness campaign is essential for successful camps. He caution that the Tura center should not go the Shillong way. He said being a medical doctor, he is aware of the challenges which are likely to come our way in convincing the rural population of the region where he had served himself. 
He urged the medical fraternity to extend all possible help to the team working at this centre as the launching of this program has been delayed and behind schedule as planned earlier and said that the team also should coordinate with the District Medical & Health Officers of all the districts and seek their expert advice in this regard. Inviting  attention of the doctors and other medical professional and Team Tura, he said that keeping 
in mind the contribution made by both sides, it should bear results and benefits the people. 
 He also spoke about cancer the disease and how this program will help to detect the disease at an early stage to enable us to give proper treatment and save lives. He said almost all the cases detected now are of very advance stages and people have to travel to metros for treatment and in most of the cases the patient do not survive in spite of expensive treatment which most people can’t effort. He urged the people to take maximum benefits out of this program. 
t the end of his speech, the Chief Minister dedicated the Roko Cancer mobile bus to the people of the Garo Hills and officially flagged off the bus from the premises of District Maternity & Child Hospital where the office of Roko Cancer Charitable Trust is located.
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