February 15 is International Childhood Cancer Day around the world. On this occasion Basavatarakam organized a special awareness program at the Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute and special cultural programs with children battling cancer. In this program, Dr. Raghavrao Polavarapu, eminent pediatrician, American and Board of Trustees, BIACH & RI; Mr. Jayas R. Prasad, Member of the Board of Trustees, along with BIACH & RI, the newly appointed Board of Trustees, Mrs. Nara Brahmani were the Chief Guests.
For those who attended the meeting earlier in the program, Dr. RV Prabhakara Rao, CEO, BIACH & RI welcomed the audience and revealed the details of the facilities and treatment provided by the company. He also described the various facilities set up for children struggling with cancer, such as the Beanti ward and the specialized pediatric ward. After that, the company’s pediatric oncologist Dr. Virendra Patil said that cancer cases are on the rise among children. Statistics show that more than 70,000 children are infected with this deadly disease each year, but 80 percent of them can be completely cured.
However, he said there was a need to raise awareness among the public about the disease and that many children were being left out of treatment due to lack of awareness.
Later in the program, Dr. Senthil Rajappa, Head of the Department, Department of Medical Oncology, said that providing treatment to children in cases of cancer is another big issue facing discrimination against them in the society if it is an uplift. Despite all this, the children who are undergoing treatment said that although they feel better quickly, the psychosis of their parents is very disturbing. He suggested that those who have any shortage of medical care, especially those who have problems, should bring their problems to the attention of doctors, especially those who have problems with fees.
At the end of the program, Mrs. Nara Brahmani, the newly appointed Board Member of the Company, said that she was very happy to be appointed as a Board Member of the Trust for the organization established with the aspirations of the late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. He said he feels blessed to be working for this organization which was established in line with the aspirations of his beloved grandfather.
It is a great opportunity for many donors and founders to follow in the footsteps of those who have faced many obstacles in setting up this organization. Chairman of the organization Nandamuri Balakrishna said that the hospital is a big temple and can provide state-of-the-art medical treatment at affordable prices.