Patha Utsav to have cancer awareness its central theme, this Sunday


Bhubaneswar: The 28th Patha Utsav will focus on several topics, but the focus will be on cancer and its awareness and survival strategies as the coming Sunday is celebrated worldwide as National Cancer Survivors Day, 2017.

The Health and Family Welfare Department, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, Bhubaneswar Development Authority and other government agencies will showcase how is of tobacco results in cancer and how it acts as a major hurdles for development.

However, besides the awareness on cancer facilities will also be there to have tests on blood pressure, blood sugar and diabetes, eye screening and chest related diseases. Yoga sessions will also be organised on this occasion to make people have an array of health-care awareness camps along the 1.5 km stretch of Janpath from Master Canteen to Ram Mandir.

Director State Institute of Health and Family Welfare Dr. PK Acharya said “as preventive care has become the in thing in health-care management practices world over, the awareness on cancer and other diseases would be a great opportunity for visitors to get them screened.’’

National Cancer Survivors Day, 2017, will fall on June 4 as the international day is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month of June. The day is very important as post-cancer survival strategies and their adoption are as challenging as the spirit to fight the disease. By celebrating the day on the international event, Patha Utsav will be inspiring many cancer survivors to be bold and fight the battle in life.

Itishree Dixit and Group will organise rangoli street art based on no tobacco to spread awareness on cancer and related diseases. It can be noted here that with a general practice of chewing `paan’and using tobacco and `gutkah’ Odisha is among the top states in the country to have oral cancer patients.

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