Childhood Cancer is Curable; Experts
The Indus Hospital Celebrates International Childhood Cancer Day
February 17, 2018
Psycho-Social Department, The Indus Hospital (TIH) celebrated International Childhood Cancer Day on February 17, 2018. The Indus Hospital organizes the event annually to highlight the cancer journey of patients; to create awareness regarding childhood cancer among patients and community; to recognize the incredible determination and resolve of their caregivers who fight bravely to save the lives of their children; to express solidarity with families going through the ordeal; and to appreciate dedicated medical practitioners, healthcare professionals, volunteers and supporters for their support.
While addressing the audience, Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Indus Health Network said, “Childhood cancers are curable but majority of the patients could not afford the costly treatment. We, at the Indus Hospital are trying to help children overcoming this battle and will continue doing so with the help of our donors.”
Dr. Shamvil Ashraf, Executive Director, Medical Service, the Indus Health Network, informed the audience about cancer and said, “Fortunately the incidence of cancer in children as compared to adult is quite low. Out of cancers in all age group only 3% to 5% occurs in children less than 15 years of age. Approximately, 500 children in Karachi get cancer every year.” He further said, “Early diagnosis and timely treatment can help children in fighting the deadly disease.”
Pediatric Oncology patients; their caregivers; friends of Indus; guests; and faculty and board members attended the event. The program started with the recitation of the holy Quran and Naat, followed by activities, and theater performance.