Tuesday, 27 August 2019 - Imphal Times

Tourism being a global industry with its costumers on the exponential increase since 2010, each country has targeted this sector for gaining economic mileage. In the context India with its varied physiography, cultural heritage, historical and ancient monuments has been emerging as international tourist hotspot. The national government has also focused on the sector since the beginning of the 21st century with the formulation of National Tourism Policy (NTP) in 2002. Manipur too followed the national path and tourism can now be viewed as an industrial investment sector. However the enigma still hovers in bringing the tourism sector of the state to global arena and henceforth new perspective needs to be sort out. In the context the whole spectrum of Niche tourism (Agritourism, Birth tourism, Culinary tourism, Cultural tourism, Dark tourism, Eco tourism, Extreme tourism, Geotourism, Heritage tourism, Medical tourism, Movie tourism, Nautical tourism, Pop-culture tourism, Religious tourism, Slum tourism, Sports tourism, Textile tourism, Virtual tourism, War tourism, Wellness tourism, Wildlife tourism) though is not suitable in our societal and cultural set up, few of them will be need of the hour.

Amongst these GEOTOURISM can be brought to public domain for assessing the economic potential. Geotourism is one of the newest concepts within the field of tourism, and primarily focuses on promoting geological and geomorphological features in landscapes as tourist attractions. This new niche market segment within tourism is based on the conservation of geoheritage and geodiversity through appropriate sustainability measures and management. It begins with an understanding of the abiotic (non-living) environment, to build greater awareness of the biotic (living) environment of plants and animals as well as the Cultural environment of people, past and present. It is argued that geotourism offers a new form of sustainable tourism which is more holistic than previous niche forms of tourism.

Since the reincarnation of Manipur Tourism Festival as the Sangai Festival in 2010, if enquired about tourism to all, the Manipuri Diaspora and general people limit their perception to Sangai Festival, Sendra-Loktak Lake, KLNP, Moreh, Pineapple Festival, INA, Dzuko Valley, Kangla Fort, etc.... etc. The so called system of tourism in Sangai Festival in our state attracts mostly the local enthusiasts that too almost entirely the youths who are dependent to their parents. It’s is evident from the fact that the influx of outside tourists (both national and international) during the Sangai Festivals is very meagre. It’s contradictory to the NTP: 2002 and Manipur Tourism Policy (MTP), 2014 and the big enigma of harnessing economy from tourism still looms doom. Here lies to cater few changes in the mindset of policy makers, stake holders that should proportionately raised the influx of outside tourist in Manipur.

One basic principle of the NTP: 2002 focuses on the emergence of a new young class of tourists; loving for adventure, distant destination in hills, caves and forests. These tourists don’t need 5 star accommodation, luxurious transport but only simple, neat and clean place to stay and down to earth hosts and guides. This can be fulfilled with Guest Tourism. Such youths are now looking towards the north-eastern states. To cite the best examples, trek to Dzuko Valley, Shirui Hills are more fascinating than those of Kangla, Loktak Lake and the tourists even consider a lifetime achievement for these treks. The income to expenditure ratio in such sites are very high as only a good guide, comfortable and cosy guest houses——even guest huts will suffice. In the present scenario, people prefer to stay in tents. Singcha, Khayang, Phangrei, Kwatha, Phungyar, Tharon, Narum, Chattrik, Kwatha other than the known Dzuko valley and Shirui peak are potential guest tourism destinations in the border region of Manipur.

Even then Guest Tourism might attract a few people only. However if we elevate these places to GEOTOURISM spots, a new dimensional scope of treasure hunt/ natural resource assessment will come up. Linking these places with geology, the state has been endowed with very rare geological phenomena viz. occurrences of OPHIOLITES, PLATE TECTONIC boundary, etc. The state govt. and concern department can put proposal for scientific study in such areas of geologically significant features. The 36th International Geological Congress will be hosted by India in 2020 and the global community of geoscientists are on the discovery mode. It is right time to highlight these spots as GEOTOURISM spots which is synchronous with foreign funding for natural mineral resource assessment of the state as well. A testament to the rapid growth of geotourism worldwide is the expansion of membership of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, from 20 Geoparks when it was founded in 2004 to 147 till April, 2019. Concurrent with the growth of geotourism, there has been an explosion in the number of scientific publications on issues related to the subject over the past few years. To date, the major focus of these publications has been on geotourism as an economic driver with respect to rural development.

Geotourism is, however, a broad concept which encompasses many aspects of a range of tourism activities, such as transport, accommodation, destination amenities, recreation, planning, and management. Considering the inability of the state to build up world class infrastructure in tourism sector, the grooming of the agile scientific human resource would be multi-faceted approach once the GEOTOURISM is on the upfront. One may look for tourism as income generation in the present context, who knows it may be a game changer turning Manipur into global natural resource market for gold, precious stones, Rare Earth Elements (REEs) and base metals, Chromium, Nickel and Platinum in the decades to come. Hence let’s not hesitate to promote GEOTOURISM in Manipur.

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Imphal Aug 27,

All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) today reiterated its stand to fight against the price hike of rice in the state. 

“We stand for another Hunger March movement”, President of AMSU, Peter Laishram said while talking at the 54th Hunger Marchers’ Day observance. 

From early morning students, activist and volunteers of AMSU today gathered at Pishum Chingamacha paying floral tributes to photos of the departed four student martyrs at Martyrs students’ memorial site where the martyrs namely Oinam Nabakumar, Laishram Chaobal, Nongmeikapam Pramodini and Waikhom Nilamani sacrificed their lives on this day of 1965 during the mass uprising against artificial food scarcity in the state. 

Later thousands of students marched a rally from Pishum Chingamacha in connection with the observance of Hunger Marchers’ Day popularly known as Chaklam Khongchat to Thangmeiband DM college of Arts ground where the main function was held. 

Speaking as the President of the function Peter Laishram said that the students’ movement regarding artificial famine in 1965 popularly known as Hunger Marchers day is still relevant in today’s society as the price of rice and other essential commodities has skyrocketed. 

The farmers still fear for a famine like situation in next year because of insufficient rainfall. So the government should declare the state as being hit by drought, he added.

Pointing out the act of the government for not declaring the state as being hit by draught as unfortunate he urged the government to give necessary solutions and remedial solutions for the farmers and added that AMSU is ready for another movement similar to Chaklam Khongchat.

Regarding the peace talk between NSCN IM and Government of India where the framework agreement is near for an end but was kept secret to all other important stakeholders he stressed that the talks and agreement should not have any provisions regarding any administrative arrangement based in community lines. He further said that the agreement should not make any political arrangement which will disregard and disrespect Manipur and its legislative assembly. 

In order to help the NSCN IM and the GOI in their peace talk Peter urged to disclose the points agreed between the two in the framework agreement of 2015.

Peter affirmed that AMSU will stand firm and will fight if the framework agreement violates and distorts the integrity of Manipur.

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Imphal, Aug 27

8th monsoon session of the 11 Manipur Legislative Assembly Session which begins yesterday concluded today. Members of the three Financial Committee of the State Legislative Assembly were elected on the last day.

During calling attention motion moved by MLA Khumukcham Joykishan and MLA Okram Surjakumar, Health Minister L. Jayentakumar said that the state health department is taking up all measures to prevent the spread of Japanese Encephalitis.

Health Minister Jayentakumar said that Mosquito is the carrier of the JE virus. The Mosquito carried the virus after it bite pigs or migratory birds. The most dangerous one is the virus which are carried from pigs. In order to prevent the JE the state health department, Veterinary department and the Malaria department have been jointly taking up various measures.

Fogging and providing of Velodona tablet and vaccination of JE have been carrying out at various places. Taking Velodana Tablet twice a day for children and 4 tablets a day for aged people will prevent infection of JE for a week. As the medicine has been provided by the AYUSH there is no side effect. The state has stock to provide the medicine for one month, the Health Minister said.

The Minister said that in 2015, 6 peoples were infected by JE, in 2016 the number of JE patient is 47, in 2017 the number reached 195 and in 2018 reported case of JE is 85. For the current year as of now number of JE cases reported have reached 232 and among these 5 patients have died. Those patients died are from poor family and low immune system was the cause of the death. He appealed people to keep the surrounding clean to prevent spread of JE.

Question hour:

Leader of the House N. Biren Singh informed the House that 3 accused have been identified in connection with the threatening of voters with licensed gun at Chalou and Pungdongbam Uyumkhong area in the recently concluded Lok Sabha Election. The Chief Minister who is in charge of Home while replying to a question raised by Ksh. Biren Singh said that the licensed gun belongs to Achoibam Deben Singh of Lamlai Mayai Leikai and the firearm has been seized and sent for examination at forensic science laboratory. He said the license has been cancelled and investigation is in progress.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Th. Biswajit Singh said the State Government has not made any proposal to increase the fund and number of days of employment under MGNREGA keeping in view of the prevailing drought like situation in the State. While replying to a question raised by Surjakumar Okram, MLA, the Minister said 29.95 Man-days have been allocated under MGNREGA for the current financial year so far. The Centre has assured the State to increase the working days if the State can achieved the target on time. A system called SECURE has been introduced for uniformity, accountability and transparency of the scheme.

The Minister who is also in charge of Works said the improvement work of Christian Cemetery Road at Chingmeirong will be included in the current year’s Work Programme. He was replying to a question raised by Dr. Chaltonlien Amo, MLA.

Agriculture Minister V. Hangkhanlian informed the House that the Government is fully prepared to tackle drought like situation in the State. Replying to a query and supplementary raised by K. Meghachandra Singh, MLA the Minister said a cabinet decision was taken on 28th July, 2019 to declare drought in the State. Ministry of Agriculture has also appraised of the prevailing situation. If the parameters of declaring drought have been fulfilled, Centre will announced drought in the State and financial assistance will also be released. As an alternative measure, compensatory cropping in Kharif season will be introduced.

Education Minister Th. Radheshyam Singh said that the Department is planning to construct and renovate Government Schools in Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency. While replying to question raised by Kh. Joykishan Singh, MLA, the Minister said on need-based basis Department is planning to take up construction works. He urged the Monitoring Committee headed by local MLAs to co-operate with the Department in smooth functioning of the Government schools.

Replying to another question raised by Alfred Kanngam Arthur, MLA, the Minister said that the Department has been trying to develop higher education equally in both the Hills and Valley. He said there is no shortage of teaching faculty in Pettigrew College, Ukhrul District. Only 198 students have been enrolled in the college in the current academic session. All 38 sanction post has been filled up and another 11 guest lecturers have also been engaged so far. As there is necessity of training of teachers in hill districts, B.Ed Course will be opened at Churachandpur College and Pettigrew College.

Health Minister L. Jayantakumar Singh, replying to a question raised by Md. Ashab Uddin, MLA said under Section 7 of the Registration of Birth and Deaths Act, 1969, all birth and deaths should be registered to Registrar within its jurisdiction. He said under Section 8, 9 and 10 of this Act, all birth and death at Hospital, Residence, Jail and Other places should be reported to the concerned Registrar through prescribed form. The Minister also assured the House that the concerned Department will take up necessary steps to shorten the procedure of obtaining birth and death certificates.

Govindas Konthoujam, MLA has urged the Government to take steps to make the Kwasiphai Water Supply Scheme in Bishnupur District fully functional. Drawing the attention of the concerned department during Zero Hour, he said the scheme has failed to supply potable water for the last 2 years. As the area is facing shortage of safe drinking water, the only means is to renovate the water supply scheme to fulfill the needs of the people.

Meghachandra, MLA raised the issue of the Scheduled Tribe Demand Committee quoting media reports of banning the Railway Project if their demands are not fulfilled. He urged the Government to look into the matter seriously.

Yamthong Haokip, MLA drew the attention of the House regarding the construction of 5 bridges in Saikul A/C.

Brojen, MLA also drew the attention of the House during Zero Hour to introduce alternative cropping like Wheat, Bajra, Jowar etc., in the ongoing season as compensatory measures in the prevailing drought like situation in the state.

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Imphal, Aug 27

Meira Paibi of Jiribam condemned the interference of some organisations in the works of Manipur Government and organising of a press meet in the conference hall of Jiri News Network (JNN) in Babupara, Jiribam, expressing in media to stop the transfer of some police personal. The Meira Paibi leaders asked if there was any ploy from BJP behind such act from someone who recently joined BJP. In the press meet, H. Mema Devi, President Jiri Ima Meira Paibi Apunba Lup (JIMPAL), Jiribam, said that they were not involved in and did not agree with what was stated in the media by 4 organisations regarding the transfer and posting of Jiribam police personnel, mentioning some Jiribam CSOs. N. Nivarani Devi, President, Women Association for Socio Economic Development (WASED) said that transferring or posting was government’s duty and they highly condemned someone, who just joined BJP, speaking on this matter by dragging them. Therefore, they claimed that they were suspicious of any ploy within BJP and demanded for clarification. The press meet was also attended by N. Kumalei Devi, General Secretary Jiri Keithel Chaokhat Thourang Ema Marup (JIKCTL), Jiribam, and K. Inaobi Devi, Vice President All Jiribam Meira Paibi (AJMP).

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Imphal, Aug 27

Kangleipak Student’ Association (KSA) urged the state government to extent any recruitment and admission process until the state issue certificate of Economically Weaker Section (EWS).  
Speaking to the media at KSA, conference hall, today, President, KSA, Chetan said that the India government published Economically Weaker Section (EWS) one of its reservation policy on January 12th, 2019 under the constitution provision of One Hundred and Third Amendment Act, 2019. He added that the Ministry Of Human Resource Development (MHRD, New Delhi, published on its office memorandum on January 17th that EWS will get 10% reservation from earlier reservation i.e., Schedule caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST) and Other backward Classes (OBC). On January 18th, MHRD published that the EWS admission and faculty recruitment will implement on 40 Central Universities across India. he added,
He further draw the attention of the state government that the state is not providing  Economically Weaker Section (EWS) certificate till now and the students are also disqualified when they apply the recruitment of EWS.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:09

‘Be Educated; Be Empowered’

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Imphal, Aug 27

“Be Educated; Be Empowered 0.02 Edition” was successfully held at Beacon IAS, Model Town Metro Station, New Delhi on Sunday August 25, 2019.It is a one day Students Orientation cum Career Counselling Programme organized by United Living Trust (Manipur House), Delhi in association with Beacon IAS.

The main objective of this programme is to make positive impact to the young generation in shaping their future. Through this initiative, we facilitate to provide a platform to interact between young students and aspirants with achievers.

The success story of these achievers will inspire our aspiring students in making important decisions of life and in planning strategies to materialize those decisions.  A total of around 150 students and aspirants attended the programme. Distinguish persons from various works live namely Prof. Dr. Bimol Akoijam from JNU, Advocate Daksha Sharma, Mr. Dinesh Gautam, Executive Editor India News, and Neeraj Kumar (IAS) delivered speech on various aspects of career goals and career options.

Prof. Dr. Bimol Akoijam emphasises on the importance of pursuing one’s interest in order to maintain a balance between work and life. He said that he never imagine teaching as his profession. However, he still pursues his interest by writing scripts, acting, directing, and producing films and songs to fulfill his eternal satisfaction. Mr. Dinesh Gautam, Executive Editor India News mentioned that failure makes a person stronger and brings everlasting success in life while answering to a question from a student.

It may be mentioned here that Delhi Police North East Cell not only provides Bus to ferry students from their college to the event venue but also provides full cooperation in smooth organizing of the function by providing security arrangements. Also, leaflets containing important information such as Delhi Police contact detail etc. were distributed to the students. The organizing committee convey its gratitude to Joint Commissioner/SPUNER Mr. David Lalrinsanga, IPS and Additional Commissioner/SPUNER HibuTamang, IPS for the kind support.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:08

Assistant professor mugged, MUCTA condemns

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Imphal, Aug 27

Manipur University of Culture Teachers’ Association (MUCTA) condemned the mugging of Yengkhom Sanjitkumar, Assistant Professor of Thang-Ta s/o Yengkhom Deben, Waiton Mamang Leikai, yesterday August 26, 2019, Monday, on his way back home by some unknown persons. In a press release signed by Dr. Irom Robindro, Secretary MUCTA, they said that in this very unfortunate event, the unknown persons robbed his bag containing his papers, books, and a mobile handset. The incident happened on the way from Sawombung Tejpur to Waiton in the evening at around 7:30 pm. What is more unfortunate is that those who robbed his belongings turned and fired when chased, they added. University Community is fortunate on his return to University without any injury, but MUCTA questioned what had bothered these people to conduct such insensitive acts on the teacher working wholeheartedly in the field of Manipuri culture. If this was by some drug addict robbers, they requested in their statement for the concerned authorities to bring out the culprits and punish them and take up necessary steps to prevent such incidents from happening in future.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:08

Why Manipuri students come to Bangladesh?

Dhaka, Aug 25

Many students from the Manipur come to Bangladeshi medical schools because Bangladesh is increasingly standing out as an attractive option for medical aspirants when prices for medical studies are going up in India, Asia, Europe and North America.
Not only Manipur, Bangladesh attracts large numbers of Indian students from West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir,  Kerala,  Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka & Tripura as well. They enroll in both public and private medical colleges in Bangladesh, which offer high yet affordable standards of education.
There are more than 75 seats for international students in various government-run medical colleges in Bangladesh,  while 20-25% of seats in private medical colleges are reserved for them, according to sources.
“Foreign students are increasingly interested in studying in Bangladeshi medical colleges because of the quality education and low costs,” said Dr Abul Kalam Azad, principal of Dhaka Medical College.
Speaking to the Imphal Times, several foreign students said the quality of medical studies in Bangladesh is similar to that of India, both in terms of syllabus, books, teaching methods, and duration of study.
Priya sen, a medical student from Kolkata in West Bengal who has been attending the Sikder Medical College and Hospital since 2017, said: “Indian students can get admitted easily because of the availability of seats. Bangladesh is geographically close to West Bengal, which is another advantage.”
Haobam Tombi, a student from Imphal in Manipur said, “Medical studies cost $100,000 in India, which is too expensive. But we can get the same quality of education in Bangladesh with only $30,000-$45,000.”
“Given these advantages, more than thousand Indian students come to Bangladesh for medical studies”, She added.
“Bangladeshi culture is quite familiar to Kashmiri students because of its Islamic traditions. The quality of education is also pretty good, and the cost is affordable for middle-class families,” said Fatema Tuj Jahra to Imphal Times, a student from Jammu and Kashmir who goes to Dhaka Community Medical College.
Rafiqul islam, a student form Tripura told, “India may be wealthier than us, but it cannot meet the demands of its vast population, which is why many Indian students come to Bangladesh for higher education.”

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 18:05

Responsibility matters

In an effort to keep up with the increasing pace of development and advancement in every sphere, our lives are being forced to conform and keep pace with these progressions. The comings of various electronic gazettes which enable us to communicate with any person, at any moment, at any place make this world a village. Issues vary and lifestyle differs. The perception of the once upon a time generation which felt that only those who blessed with opportunity could live a King size lifestyle has changed in today’s world. Every people around the world now knew that there are Americans or British or the Chinese who don’t like the superiority thinking perception of their older generation. As we see the changing trend we the people across the globe today sees youths which coming up as human, no matter how poor he or she was brought up. 
A 22 years old youth Birkarnelzelzit Thiyam, born and brought up by a parents who live on hand to mouth now become one of the best Motivational orator. Young Manipuri at the age of 25 now established a company that give jobs to over 500 youths of the state. There is reason to believe that amidst the storm from the northern block Manipur cannot be stop from marching ahead toward development as long as Young entrepreneur like Sanasam Jacky , the Chairman of Lamjingba Group exist. A youth of today’s Manipur now successfully started expanded his business across the globe by opening office at world most expensive city like Singapore and Dubai. Manipur today is changing so should the perception of guiding to understand their responsibility is the need of the hour than restricting them or giving punishment. 
An inevitable change is taking place- what is now being accepted as the “quick-fix” mantra or instant gratification- instant food, instant drink, instant relationships and instant solutions. 
Such changes, borne out of necessity rather than a fad, bring with it various radical changes that cater to the needs and conveniences, most remarkable being the spawning of a whole new sector of packaged foods and drinks that can be used in an instant. 
The seemingly like preconceived mode to bringing up their children in Manipur society should be changed. As a restriction might misguide your children no matter what you are doing is for the good the motive will give frustration, anger and hate all his or her live. But if the dealing with your children is with love and understanding or by making him or her understand how things should be than the bondage of love and respect will grow.
Its family that is important, but the more important is the society or politically a state or nation. The rulers who ruled are more like father or mother. The people are the children and forcing the people to do things that you people want will be a disaster. What is happening in the state of Manipur is like having a strict parent who punishes their children every time over failure to follow what the parents think were right. 
The unanimous condemnations and protests, while understandable and desirable, could also spell a premature demise of a nascent industrial movement in the State. We should spare a moment to delve deeper into the actual trials and tribulations that a few of our pioneering people from the State are facing to bring about a revolution of sorts by fighting against almost insurmountable odds to turn their dreams into reality. 
Taking the untrodden path has always been fraught with dangers and uncertainties, especially in a State like ours where only negativity and pessimism thrives, not to mention the teeming parasites lurking in the shadows, waiting for any vulnerabilities and weaknesses of fellow beings to take advantage of. The Government should take proactive steps and help out these struggling start-ups to flourish and show the way to an industrialized society instead of taking a negative and punitive stand. It would be stating the obvious to mention the fact that the laws, measures, plans and steps of the Government  at present is not conducive for the growth of industry-  from investment and financing problems to the utter absence of support and encouragement which is vital for a sustainable and viable industrial atmosphere. 


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Gurgaon, August 27,

Leading healthcare provider of North India, Max Healthcare; today launched a state-of-the-art, innovative daycare cancer centre right in the heart of Gurgaon. The centre marks Max Healthcare’s expansion into standalone Oncology care. The centre will cater to patients not only in Gurgaon but also the neighbouring districts of Rewari, Jhajjar and Mewat. Mr. Abhay Soi, Chairman, Max Healthcare inaugurated the centre. Also, gracing the event with their presence, were Dr. Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman – Max Institute of Cancer Care, Saket and Dr. Bhawna Sirohi, Director - Medical Oncology, Max Hospital, Gurgaon.

The new clinical model will be at par with the best in class available technology and clinical expertise along with personalised care in an ‘’un-hospital’’ like environment so that it can cater to the growing needs of patients in the neighbourhood. The amenities available at this centre are intended to enhance patient experience, while they are undergoing therapy for cancer. Some of these services include – rapid diagnostics for cancer detection on the same day, screening packages within 2 hours and DMG (disease management groups). Additionally, a 24X7 chemo-helpline answered by trained doctors and nurses will ensure that existing patients, many of whom are elderly, are provided free services round the clock in case of emergencies. With Integration of @Home services, continued care for patients as and when they require will also be ensured. An in-house video conferencing facility will help connecting our specialists to conduct tumour boards from across network hospitals as well as with international oncologists of repute. The initial plan is to run this as a daycare facility from 8 am to 5 pm and then extend as per patient requirements. Having an in-house onco-pharmacist stationed at the nursing centre will make the task of administering drugs much faster. Max Healthcare was the first in India back in 2009 to introduce oncology-pharmacy in the country. The current daycare has an international level admixing facility with an in-house onco-pharmacist with inputs from the international pharmacist

Speaking about the launch, Dr. BhawnaSirohi, Director - Medical Oncology, Max Hospital, Gurgaon, says,”Cancer is a growing disease burden in India and worldwide. Presently, there are more than a million cancer cases in India and 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer are estimated to occur by 2020. For cancer patients, determination and the will to fight is half the battle won. Therefore, the thematic ambience has been tailored to be soothing and pleasant for the patients and is quite unlike any hospital in this neighbourhood. All chemotherapy chambers have natural lighting in abundance which will help boost a patient’s morale and aid faster recovery of the individual.”

With an emphasis to connect and bond with the community at large, the focus for this centre will also be to extend free transport services for the elderly patients to the Saket facility for radiotherapy and PET CTs.

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