To mark International Women’s Day, the new Australian High Commissioner-designate for India, Harinder Sidhu, inaugurated a mobile cancer screening camp for women at Express Avenue Mall on Tuesday. A hundred women were given medical examinations for general wellbeing, and cancer screening free. “The Australian Government is strongly committed to improving the lives of women and girls around the world,” Sidhu said. “Good health is central to the wellbeing and empowerment of women. I warmly welcome this initiative.”
The screening camp, supported through a grant from the Consulate-General’s Direct Aid Program, was organised by the Women for Wellness Centre, Penn Nalam Hospital. The Consulate-General previously provided a grant of `9 lakh to buy a new Computed Radiography unit as part of the mammography section for the hospital’s mobile cancer screening van. The van provides subsided services for women, including breast cancer screening, pap smears, cervical cancer vaccinations and blood testing.