BHUBANESWAR, FEB 4, 2021
On the occasion of World Cancer Day, leading multispecialty health care institution Apollo Hospitals organised a mega cyclothon and some other programmes to spread awareness about the deadly disease.
The cyclothon was flagged off by Sudhir M. Diggikar, Regional CEO of Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited in presence of Dr. Ashish Chandra, Director Medical Services; Swagatika Acharya, Managing Director of Awaaken; Sarita Mishra, Delivery Centre Head-Tata Consultancy Services, Bhubaneswar; and Sabyasachi Mishra, eminent cine artist and social activist.
More than 200 participants joined the cyclothon and travelled around 15 km across the Capital City to spread awareness about prevention, care and treatment of Cancer.
“Cancer care has become one of the fastest-growing healthcare imperatives. Apollo Cancer Centre in Bhubaneswar stands as a ray of hope for people of Odisha to access the most advanced cancer care at a reasonable cost. As awareness is the first step in prevention of any disease, I hope this cyclothon and various other public awareness programmes being organized today would help in educating people about prevention, care and treatment of this killer disease,” said Diggikar.
He also launched special packages for cancer screening, which is very helpful in early detection and better treatment. “These packages would help people who want to get their screening done at a very affordable cost,” he added.
Apollo Cancer Centre is equipped with excellent infrastructure loaded with all modern equipment, technology, clinicians and paramedical staff for providing quality and comprehensive cancer care to the people of Odisha and the neighboring states.
Apollo Hospitals also organized an online Drawing & Coloring competition, Essay writing competition and Online poster making competition for kids and adolescents to sensitize them about Cancer. Students in the age group of 7-18 years participated in the competition held earlier. Today, the winners of these competitions were felicitated with prizes and letter of recognition.
Besides, the Hospital also organized a dance and role-play programme and a cooking show with the theme “Beat Cancer with my recipe” to spread awareness. Cancer Survivors also shared their story in an afternoon talk show with the consultants of the Hospital. A panel discussion was also held to harp on the menace of breast cancer and abdominal cancers caused due to junk food.