Speaking on the launch, Deo, mentioned, “We welcome Project Aastha to Chhattisgarh and thank the partners for giving us the critical support we need to manage cancer in our state.”
Dr Vivek Chaudhary, Regional Cancer Center (RCC), Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Medical College, mentioned, “The arrival of Project Aastha at our hospital will help us make sure that our patients get the support that they need during cancer treatment and subsequent follow-up. ups. This is of particular importance to our patients who are socioeconomically more vulnerable and those who do not have a personal support structure. We believe that this program will make a big difference in the lives of both patients and their families in the states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.”
Commenting on the programme, S Sridhar, Managing Director, Pfizer Limited, said, “The Aastha Helpdesk will help most cancers sufferers and their households in a number of vital elements, together with entry to accessible funding for therapy, entry to lodging for households, counseling help, and general navigation within the hospital. We have already seen the distinction that this mission has made within the lives of sufferers in different cities, and we’re satisfied that it’s going to do the identical right here.”
The helpdesk, arrange within the R block of the hospital, will help sufferers with registration; journey reserving info and help; native lodging steering and linkages; dietary counseling between and after chemotherapy, emotional and psychological well being counseling over a helpline or in particular person; counseling and referrals in case sufferers have comorbid situations; inter and intra hospital shifting and wheelchair administration; referral of most cancers sufferers to different subject specialists for non-cancer-related medical points, and follow-ups with registered sufferers.
Commenting on the programme, Dr Rajat Jain, President, Doctors for You, mentioned, “It will also enable us to extend our support to remote and tribal areas where we already offer some cancer services.”
Since its launch in late 2021, Project Aastha has assisted over 6,00,000 sufferers in 5 hospitals across the nation: Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai; B. Baruah Hospital, Guwahati; Homi Bhabha Hospital, Varanasi; Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna; and The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad.