Journalists boycott Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis program at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital after scuffle with security guards

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Pune, November 26, 2016: Journalists, photographers from various newspapers and channels boycotted an event at the Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital (ABMH) in Chinchwad, where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched Pune’s most advanced comprehensive cancer  care center.

The ABMH Cancer Care wing was inaugurated by Fadnavis, Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Mr. Kumar Managalam Birla, Chairman, Aditya Birla Group and Mr. Ashwin Kothari, Trustee, Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital.

The journalists alleged that even after checking by police, the private security guards were checking them and manhandled some of them. They also had scuffle with photographers.

The journalists boycotted the event as the hospital authorities didn’t condemn the incident.

Speaking on the occasion, Fadnavis, said, “I congratulate Ms. Rajashree Birla for bringing this state-of-the-art facility which is helpful not only for early detection but cancer care as well. Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital has been a long standing partner to the city, bringing in much needed high quality healthcare services. They have created a benchmark in excellence of hospital care. In India, Maharashtra is the second highest cancer affected state. The motive behind setting up this facility is not for profit but philanthropy. The hospital’s commitment towards society and country is commendable.”

Endorsing the hospital’s ethos Hope, Heal, Health and Happiness, Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Foundation said, “We have always kept patients at the forefront of all our initiatives at ABMH thereby providing a wholistic approach in patient care. Our key objective is to help patients fight the disease on time and get back on the road to normalcy as quickly as possible. Additionally, we also plan to go out and create awareness amongst people for early detection of cancer. Our endeavour is to remove the stigma and the fear associated with cancer. By doing so, we hope more and more people will come forward for early check-ups. To take this forward, we will also be sending fully equipped mobile cancer detection vans to the remotest areas of Pune. Our advanced cancer care centre alongwith the cutting edge technology will provide all the required medical support to the patients thereby ensuring their complete physical and mental well being.”

“We are committed to provide continuous quality and safe healthcare to the society in order to mark our presence in the global map,” added Mr. Kumar Mangalam Birla.

With the state-of-the-art equipment intended for cancer care, the hospital has adopted modern technologies and advanced international protocols for the treatment of cancer. The centre includes Pune’s first PET – CT Scan withBiographTMmCT 20 to give high quality imaging to enhance the plan of treatment for the cancer patients. It has Asia’s first radiation advanced linear accellerators Electa Versa HD therapy machine to deliver radiation up to sub-millimeter targets, well set-up department of nuclear medicine, department of histopathology-, a fully equipped surgical oncology centre with the latest Operation Theatres and specialized 22 beds day care chemotherapy special unitwhich includes 2 paediatric beds and 2 private room for patients undergoing chemotherapy. It additionally has 2 beds for bone marrow transplant facility (BMT) and 2 beds for radiation therapy.

A recent study on cancer in India mentions that India is likely to have over 17.3 lakhs new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakhs deaths due to this disease by 2020. For early and precise detection of cancer, advanced technology and International machines to conduct diagnostic services deployed at the centre.

The Aditya Birla Cancer Care Centre harnesses the best clinical talent to treat individualized health conditions in cancer. It will be managed by highly specialized &comprehensive team of 20 dedicated full time consultants, 10 Technologists & 35 trained paramedics.