Noble Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Chairman of Yunus Centre and Founder of Grameen Bank, Dhaka, Bangladesh inaugurated ‘Major S Nanjundiah and Shanta Nanjundiah Cancer Centre’ at Narayana Multispeciality Hospital in Mysore.
His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji of Srikshethra, Sutturu along with Dr Devi Shetty, philanthropists K Dinesh and Asha Dinesh made their presence on the occasion along with guests of honour V Srinivasa Prasad, District in-charge Minister, Mysuru, Mr. Prathap Simha, Honourable Member of the Parliament, Tanveer Sait, MLA, N R Constituency, K R Mohan Kumar, Chairman, MUDA and Dr C G Betsurmath, Commissioner, Mysuru City Corporation.
“I am immensely pleased to dedicate this Cancer Centre named after my parents to the people of Mysuru. We are also grateful to Dr. Devi Shetty and his team of professionals who will manage the services of this centre, offering high quality cancer care to people from all walks of life. This is our humble way of giving something back to the city, which was our ancestral abode for almost a century” said Asha Dinesh.
With a built-up area of 30,000 sq. ft., the Cancer Center at Narayana Multispeciality Hospital will provide high quality services for early detection, prevention and treatment of all types of cancers covering medical, surgical and radiation oncology services. It has a Linear Accelerator capable of treating 90% of the prevalent cancers. Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant services will be linked to Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center at Narayana Health City in Bangalore.
“I convey my gratitude to Mr. K. Dinesh, Co-founder Infosys and Mrs. Asha Dinesh for giving us an opportunity to bring quality cancer care closer to the people of Mysuru and adjoining districts making it convenient and effective for them to avail our services in a more efficient manner” said Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health. Speaking about the cancer treatment facilities in the state, he said, “Cancer is growing at an alarming rate in the country and currently the number of cancer facilities in the state of Karnataka are concentrated only in Bangalore. There are very few facilities in the rest of Karnataka to diagnose and treat cancer”.
With the commencement of the Cancer Unit at Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, people living in and around Mysore district now have access to quality and affordable cancer screening and treatment facilities closer home. The Centre will reach out to over 60 per cent of people from the weaker sections of society in and around Mysore through various community initiatives.
Cancer has become very rampant in India in the recent past. There are estimated 25 lakh Cancer patients in India, out of which 1.4 lakh are in Karnataka alone and are estimated to increase at the rate of 35,000 patients a year. In the past few months, Narayana Multispeciality Hospital had organized mobile breast cancer screening camps, hematology clinic as well as surveillance programs for head and neck cancer awareness and screening. According to Cancer specialists, Head & Neck Cancer is the most prevalent apart from gastrointestinal, cervical and breast cancer that are commonly seen in this region.