The Sanjeevini comprehensive cancer control project jointly organised by the Malabar Cancer Care Society (MCCS), Chelora grama panchayat, and the Kannur Seaside Rotary Club was launched at the panchayat recently.

The project will benefit 7,200 households covering nearly 37,000 people. It envisages selection and training of educated volunteers from the panchayat followed by house visits, awareness classes, screening for cancer diagnosis, and data collection.

Based on the screening, specialised medical camps will be conducted at the panchayat at which services of a mobile tele-medicine unit will be utilised.

Those diagnosed with the disease will be provided treatment at the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, or at any institution of preference of the patient.

Follow-up and rehabilitation support will also be given to the patients as part of the project. With the successful implementation of the project, the cancer incidence in the panchayat is expected to go down by 70 per cent, the MCCS claimed in a release.

In connection with the project, training was imparted to 200 volunteers from the panchayat recently. K.P. Kamaludheen, past district Rotary governor, inaugurated the training programme, which was presided over by N. Purushothaman, president, Chelora village panchayat.

D. Krishnanadha Pai, president, MCCS, delivered the keynote address.

M. Muhammed Ali, chairman, medical board of the MCCS, and Mr. Pai conducted classes at the training sessions.

Individual house visits and awareness and screening programmes will conclude by February 15.