Friday, 3 December 2021
Taj Vivanta, Trivandrum

The 10th-anniversary celebrations of Trivandrum Oncology Club began with a reminder of the need to have all available resources from the Government, Media, Technology, and NGOs come together in the fight against the scourge of Cancer that attacks with disregard for any barrier, be it Religious, Political, or Race.

The proceedings began with the silent, but deeply felt void created by the demise of Dr. M Krishnan Nair, one of the founders of TOC. For the first time ever the KOdiyeri Balakrishnan, the foremost leader of the ruling party who was also presiding over the function disclosed the fact in public that he was a Cancer patient too and emphasized the need for Government help to those who are struck, through the various stages of the treatment.

Expressing great appreciation for his political opponent, who had come over right from Chemotherapy, Dr. Shahshi Tharoor MP extended all support to the operations of TOC. Draping Dr. Chandramohan the first Malayalee to be elected the Secretary of IASO, the premier Association of Surgical Oncologists, with the customary "PONNADA", Dr. Tharoor also released the book authored by Dr. Boban Thomas, "Arbhutham, Arinjathinumappuram",  The Director of Caritas Hospital Rev Fr  Binu Kunnath delivered his address of felicitation. Dr. Shashi Tharoor and Com.  Kodiyeri Balakrishnan extended their appreciation to eight organizations that were active in Cancer care.

Leading the discussion of Contemporary relevance of the field of Information Technology in Cancer Care was Principal Secretary Dr. Jyothilal IAS. Enriching the discussion with the luminescence of their knowledge and experience were IT Park CEO, John M Thomas, former CEO of Technopark Dr. Vijayaraghavan, and Project Director of Government e-Health Program Dr. Mohammed Safarullah IAS.

The discussions on the need for media intervention in Cancer Care were led by Malayala Manorama senior editor Markose Abraham. The panel consisted of G Shekharan Nair from Mathrubhumi, R S Babu representing Media Academy, Sreedevi Pillai from Manorama News, and Joseph C Mathew representing the new generation and social media.

Participating in the discussions on the role of Medical Resources in the prevention and fight against Cancer were DME, Dr. Thomas Mathew, President of IMA, DR John Panikker, Malabar cancer Centre Director Dr. Satheesan Balasubramaniam, and Dr. Ramdas. On the role of NGOs in Cancer care Swasthi Foundation Chairman Jacob Punnoose IPS and Secretary, Abey George and President of Malabar Cancer Society Dr. D Krishnananda Pai shared their valuable veiws.




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