by Mahesh Kumar
Matunga (Mumbai), 12th April 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) organized a 5 days cancer awareness and detection camp for women residing in the slums of Mumbai. Part one of this camp was held from 10th April to 12th April at the Provincial House in which 153 women were screened and the second part of this camp will be held from 20th April and 21st April at the same venue. The camp was held in association with Indian Cancer Society.
Speaking at the inaugural function Fr. Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director- DBDS) highlighted the commitment of DBDS towards ‘health for all’ and importance of healthy women in a family. 153 women from most poor families in the slums were screened for ENT examination (including indirect laparoscopy) and Comprehensive Gynaecological examination with Pap smear by specialized team of doctors and paramedical staff. All the tests and services were provided free of cost.
The two staff of DBDS: Basanti Solanki and Ranjana Gangurde did the entire ground work for this camp with the help of Ms Surekha Pednekar (Coordinator – DBDS). Sharing her experience Mrs Gangurde said “Cancer is mostly affecting poor people who have no information on this issue. Our effort is to create awareness and develop positive mind-set among women in slums.” Mrs Pednekar assured the women that the detailed report will be made available to them in next 10 days and those affected will be referred to hospital for further treatment.
Ms Kanchan Khandare who underwent cancer examination test expressing her satisfaction by saying “I had heard so many cases of cancer in my locality that I was deeply scared. Thanks to Don Bosco that they organized this camp. I acquired knowledge and underwent free cancer check-up.”