Mangaluru, Dec 14, 2019: Canara Organisation for Development and Peace (CODP) and Caritas India, New Delhi, jointly implemented a programme “Sparsha - Instilling hope” - a long term campaign towards awareness, detection, treatment and prevention of Cancer, at CODP Hall in Mangaluru recently.
Launching the logo of Sparsha, Mangaluru, Bishop of Mangalore, Rev Dr Peter Paul Saldanha said, “Sophisticated hospitals and technology is prevalent here now. Sadly, there are no rehabilitation centres for the treatment and care of cancer patients. CODP and Caritas India has taken an initiative to create awareness, detection, treatment and prevention of cancer.”
Fr Muller Hospital Director Rev Richard Coelho inaugurated the programme by offering water to Lakshmanaphala plant and spoke on the treatment available for cancer patients at the hospital.
Ayushman Bharath-Arogya Karnataka Yojane district coordinator Sacchidananda M L explained about the facilities available under the Ayushman Bharath-Arogya Karnataka Yojane.
Scouge of Cancer rising : CODP Director Rev Oswald Monteiro said, “There is a rapid rise in cancer patients in the country. Through Sparsha project, awareness will be created.”
He said awareness programmes will be organised in schools, colleges, churches and among the Self Help Groups. Further, cancer detection camps, in rural and urban areas will be conducted.
Awareness and promotion of kitchen / nutrient gardens to encourage people to grow sprouts and vegetables without using chemicals in their own gardens or grow bags will also be organised. Under Sparsha, hair donation drive, walkathon, street plays will be organised
to create awareness and prevention of cancer. The effort spells hope and needs co-operation from all.