NH&LH to establish library for cancer patients at NORI: Irfan Siddiqui

ISLAMABAD, Feb 3 (APP):Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NH&LH) Division,Irfan Siddiqui Saturday announced to establish a library for visitors of the NORI hospital to create awareness on cancer.
“The ministry would bear all the expenses of the library and also provide books, especially for children who come here for treatment or for those who visit with any patients to educate them about prevention of this disease”, he said.
Addressing as chief guest at the seminar held at NORI hospital to commemorate `World Cancer Day’, he said, “Awareness can lead to prevention and early detection of cancer”
He further added that after listening to the brave cancer survivors of Oncology Department NORI he has come to the conclusion that faith, hope, appropriate and timely intervention could lead to successful treatment of cancer.
Later, he appreciated the efforts of Atomic Energy Cancer Hospital NORI and lauded that the hospital was not only playing a pivotal role in fight against cancer but was also treating the cancer patients irrespective of age, financial status and stage of the disease.
He also urged people to come and render their services as volunteers to spare time for the patient of the hospital, adding that “it would also help infuse spirit of life among them which results in speedy recovery.”
In his Director NORI, Dr. Mohammad Faheem apprised the participants of the seminar that the hospital has been relieving the cancer patients from their pain, misery and distress since its inception in 1983.
“Eighty percent of the patients suffering from this horrifying disease come to NORI for treatment as the hospital has state-of-the-art facilitates like Linear Accelerator etc. He added that cheap, fast and best quality service provision to the patients was the motto of NORI hospital”, he informed.
Member Admin Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Maj. General (Retd) Munnawar Ahmad Solehria said the commission was running 18 cancer hospitals throughout the country, which had been providing treatment facilities to over 8,00,000 cancer patients.
Guest of Honor on the occasion, Dr Ahmed Qidwai, Patron NPWS highlighted the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle and inculcating the value of becoming great human being rather than a successful one.
President Green Task Force and eminent social worker Dr. Jamal Nasir said that the past decades have seen a progressive increase in the global cancer burden, with two thirds of cancer cases in low and middle income countries.
Zamurad Khan, President Pakistan Sweet Homes in his remarks stressed the need for great citizens rather than rich citizens for Pakistan like late Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr. Ruth Pfau.
Cancer survivors and parents of young and brave cancer warriors also shared their experience for awareness and inspiration. They shared that cancer was not the end road. It is definitely a new life with responsibility and bonus. In the end, all the guests participated in an awareness walk against cancer.