In a bid to get more women screened for cancer, an NGO in Nagpur has announced that it will perform free breast cancer screenings for women in rural and slum areas in the region. It’s hoping to reach 4 lakh women through this initiative.
Deen Dayal Upadhyay Institute of Medical Science and Human Resource has said that it will be carting a portable I-Breast Exam (IBE) machine in vehicles and diagnosing women on the spot. The exercise seeks to address the lack of proper access to quality health care options that women face in underprivileged sections.
The NGO also notes that, given the women from such backgrounds are less likely to get themselves checked at a medical facility frequently, if ever, this initiative could possibly save lives.
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In fact, using this method, the NGO hopes to reach out to 4 lakh women and provide them with not only with free screening but also sponsor treatment for those who are underprivileged.
Talking about this programme to the Times of India, NGO Director Dr Viral Kamdar said, “A Tata Winger with ‘Janani Sehat Rath’ written on it will be roaming around rural areas and slums across the city to reach poor women. If people from rural areas and slums can’t reach us, it becomes our duty to reach them. Small camps will be organized where women will be diagnosed on the spot.”
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Financial support for women who are diagnosed will be provided through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and through individual donations.
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