World Cancer Day is observed globally on 4 February every year; to commemorate the day United Hospital organized a Patient Forum with Cancer Survivors on 3rd February. I am & I will, with this theme, Consultants of United Hospital Cancer Centre Dr Ashim Kumar Sen Gupta, Dr Rashid un Nabi and Dr Saumen Basu expressed their pledge in the program to the cancer patients that they are not alone.
Approximately thirty cancer patients, who were present in the event, expressed their confidence in their fight with the disease with extreme bravery and side by side the role of doctors and healthcare providers in tackling the family & social challenges also came out from the audience. Mrs Gulnahar, a Professor of Zoology talked about her struggle and win with breast cancer for last 4years, young doctor Sazeeda Bari expressed how boldly she is taking this disease in her stride every day, and along with them and other cancer survivors, Indian Citizen Ms Leela Rawat expressed her confidence in the care & treatment of United Hospital in their cancer journey. Their story of struggle and win inspired the present audience; their story of despair and the battle to come out of it, brought tears in the eyes of the audience.
Chief Guest of the program, Architect Mubasshar Hussein congratulated all present for their day to day fight with cancer with the extreme tolerance and courage. Citing the days of 1971 liberation war, he termed the cancer survivors as Ei Projonmer Muktijoddha.
Chief Executive Officer of United Hospital Mr Faizur Rahman talked about the positive intention & effort of the hospital to do the best for the patients and he also talked about the cost-effective radiation scheme of the hospital where 50% discount is given and at 70 thousand taka radiation therapy can be completed. The program was conducted by Dr Shagufa Anwar, Chief of Communication & Business Development of United Hospital who talked about the weeklong events for World Cancer Day in addition to this patient forum, which are a health checkup booth at the hospital lobby for complementary treatment and also awareness sessions at different club & corporate houses and cancer specialist programs at different radio and TV talk show.