Six months ago, a survey was conducted by the health officials of the Pune Zilla Parishad. The survey revealed, there were numerous cancer patients in rural areas who are ignorant about its treatment. Due to which, the movement was initiated.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Pravin Mane, Pune Zilla Parishad’s Health committee, Chairperson said, “People in the rural areas are ignorant about their health. In our survey, we found the patients suffering from oral, breast and ovarian cancer. This campaign was initiated to create awareness and educate people regarding cancer. The campaign will start within 15 to 20 days.”
He added, “The movement has been initiated so that the cancer can be diagnosed and treated at the right time. In Pune, there will be a campaign to create awareness. Cancer is seen amongst people in the age of 30. So, a special attention would be given towards it. People will be educated in grampanchayat meetings and schools. Posters and banners will be put up. After diagnosis, the patients will be admitted to Pune’s Sassoon Hospital for treatment.”
Mainly, this campaign will be implemented for the poor and needy. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, late RR Patil’s daughter Smita Patil said, “It’s a good initiative. It will motivate people. Cancer is of utmost concern. Through this campaign, people will be informed about the same. Since 2015, I am also creating awareness in Sangli about the harmful effects of chewing tobacco. Youngsters shouldn’t get into addiction as it can take a toll on their health.”
After senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader RR Patil succumbed to oral cancer, his daughter Smita Patil has launched an anti-tobacco campaign in colleges across the state.