Bhubaneswar, March 2(LocalWire): A selected group of techies from the state capital is now working tirelessly in the remote and rural areas of Bagarh district to bring a change in the overall cancer care in the high risk zone.
The youths had been working for the last few years not only to bring down the new cancer cases through awareness but also on linking the cancer patients with the nearest health centres.
The group embarked on their journey in 2015 after moved by the higher incidents of cancer cases in Bargarh.
Some of the techies moved to other cities and countries for their jobs but their mission to reach out to the cancer patients and the district remained undeterred.
“We started the mission in 2015. First we used to visit the rural areas of Odisha to create awareness. We saw that there were massive myths and lack of awareness on cancer.
We did some sessions, took in confidence the local workers there to boost the early-stage diagnosis and treatment,” said Nitai Panigrahi, one of the volunteers of the team.
The group named their advocacy assembly as ‘Ummedein’.
Nitai told LocalWire that soon they realized that with this pace they cannot move to more people. They soon identified Bargarh and some other districts to work extensively.
In Bargarh, the group was moved by the higher incidences of cancer cases due to allegedly higher usage of pesticide and fertilizers in farming.
“In Bargarh we joined hands with the Cancer Fighters Group to ensure the survivors of cancer talk to the people and their community and bust myths.
They were empowered to talk more and raise awareness. They were also given all set of information to the cancer patients as well as to the common people,” said Payal Patra, an Odia engineer working in New York and associated with the project.
The team soon came up with a booklet akin to a Hanuman Chalisa.
They named it as ‘Cancer Chalisa’. The book has also required information like symptoms of cancer, treatment centres nearby, government schemes which could be used by them to avail government assistance and other required information and contact numbers to ensure they get all information at one centre.
In the last few years, the team has tied up with the oncologists from AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, some like minded volunteers and others to ensure more awareness could be created among the people.
The team also launched a mobile app, available in Odia and English which provides all information relating to cancer at a single swipe on the smartphone.