February 18, 2024
Meghalaya's First Cancer Conclave Addresses Disparities in Cancer Care
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Meghalaya’s First Cancer Conclave Addresses Disparities in Cancer Care

Meghalaya’s First Cancer Conclave Addresses Disparities in Cancer Care

Meghalaya’s First Cancer Conclave Addresses Disparities in Cancer Care

Meghalaya inaugurated its inaugural Cancer Conclave, themed ‘Close the Care Gap,’ in Shillong. A collaborative effort between the state government and Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, the two-day event brings together stakeholders to address cancer care disparities. With Meghalaya facing high cancer rates, the conclave focuses on reducing out-of-pocket expenses, raising awareness, and fostering innovation in cancer care.

Government Commitment to Accessibility and Affordability

Health Minister Ampareen Lyngdoh highlighted the government’s commitment to improving cancer care accessibility and affordability. Urging action on reducing out-of-pocket expenses for patients, the conclave aims to devise solutions to bridge the existing gaps in cancer care.

Media’s Role in Awareness and Early Detection

NEIGRIHMS Director Nalin Mehta emphasized the crucial role of the media in raising awareness about cancer. Providing accurate information is essential for informed decision-making about health. Discussions center around early diagnosis, quality treatment access, cancer epidemiology, technology-enabled screening, and palliative care.

Mobile Endoscopy Units for Early Detection

As part of the initiative, mobile endoscopy units will be distributed to every district hospital, enhancing early detection efforts. The conclave addresses tobacco-related cancer, highlighting alarming statistics on tobacco usage in Meghalaya and its correlation with cancer cases.

Moving Testimonies and Inspirational Stories

Cancer survivors shared moving testimonies, shedding light on their experiences and struggles. Their stories serve as inspiration and hope for those currently battling the disease.

Promise of Change and Collaborative Solutions

As the Meghalaya Cancer Conclave 2024 concludes, its impact lies in collaborative efforts, meaningful discussions, and a focus on early diagnosis and quality treatment. The distribution of mobile endoscopy units and the powerful testimonies of survivors underscore the urgent need for addressing cancer care disparities in Meghalaya and fostering positive change.

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