As the world observed International Cancer Day on Tuesday, Justice V R Krishna Iyer spent meaningful hours with the cancer patients at the General Hospital.
Apart from giving them moral support, he exhorted the public and the authorities to open their eyes to the woes of each cancer patient. “I ask the public conscience to be with them and understand their woes. Begin a crusade against the deadly disease,” he said. The cancer day observance was organised by the members of the Justice Krishna Iyer campaign for cancer centre in association with Ernakulam NSS Karayogam to convey a strong message that they would leave no stone unturned in their fight against cancer.
The cancer patients deserve attention not only from family members but also from society, said critic M K Sanu “The society should shoulder the responsibility of easing the woes of the suffering. The responsibility of society is ultimately the responsibility of the government. Hence, we demand a state of the art cancer centre in Kochi,” he said.
P Rajeeve MP said that though there was a Cabinet decision to set up a cancer centre and to appoint Dr V P Gangadharan as the special officer, the government Order is yet to be issued. “This is a matter of concern. There is no follow-up. It is learnt that the state government has not submitted any details regarding the cancer centre to the Union Government,” he said.
Even the smallest state, Haryana, will soon get a national cancer centre aided by the Union Government. “This shows that the Ministers and other political representatives of the state are lacking in will to turn the demand for a cancer centre into a reality,” he said. He also said that the cancer ward at the General Hospital would be air-conditioned soon. “Measures are on to complete the work in a month’s time,” he said. Actor Tiny Tom said that his father-in-law had succumbed to cancer and it would remain the darkest memory of his life. “Actor Innocent battled the disease with his humour. My support will always be there,” he said.
NSS Karayogam Ernakulam president K P K Menon presided over the function. Mayor Tony Chammany, District Collector P I Sheik Pareeth, Dr C K Ramachandran, Dr K V Beena, Dr P G Annie, Deputy Mayor B Bhadra, former District Collector K R Vishwambharan, Dr Sanil Kumar and P Ramachandran, general secretary, Ernakulam NSS Karayogam, were also present.