• Saturday, May 18, 2024

Human Interest

Anand Mahindra salutes founders of free cancer care centre in India’s Odisha

The billionaire industrialist was responding to a post made by Indian Police Service officer Arun Bothra, who posted on X about Bagchi Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha,

Anand Mahindra (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Twinkle Roy

SOME tales of goodwill need a push of visibility. Anand Mahindra, chairman of Indian automotive giant Mahindra Group, has often amplified many such fascinating tales that inspire awe among millions of his followers on X.

Last week, he took to the social media platform to reveal his admiration for an exemplary humanitarian tale of setting up a cancer centre in the eastern Indian state of Odisha that provides free care to patients who are at advanced stages of the deadly disease.

The 68-year-old industrialist was responding to a post made by Indian Police Service officer Arun Bothra, who posted on the platform pictures and information about Bagchi Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre (BKPCC) in Bhubaneswar, the capital of Odisha, which launched its in-patient services recently.

“The last stage of cancer is often very painful, both for the patient and the family. The best one can do is to reduce the pain and provide quality life in those last few weeks or months…Focus is on providing compassionate care for advanced cancer patients, End of Life, and Respite Care needs,” Bothra wrote.

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Sharing the post, Mahindra wrote, “What a humane and generous project. Subroto, I salute you and Susmita for making your state and our country a far better place. We should spread the word about this to all who might need such care.”

BKPCC is a collaborative venture of Bangalore Hospice Trust Karunashraya and co-founder of IT company Mindtree and chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority, Subroto Bagchi. His family has pledged Rs 130 crore for the effort, the New Indian Express reported in 2021.

The centre is currently operating from a 10,000 square feet space and provides home-care services to around 60 patients from Bhubaneswar.

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Susmita Bagchi, chairperson of the Mo School programme in Odisha, is the wife of Subroto, who was born in the state.

The Bagchi couple had also pledged funds for the establishment of a palliative care centre and a state-of-the-art cancer hospital at Info Valley near Bhubaneswar in collaboration with Shankara Cancer Foundation in Bengaluru. The institute was inaugurated by the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, in February.

Mahindra’s post received appreciation from several users, who besides congratulating the development, also emphasised upon the need for more such centres in India. 

One user wrote, “Good Work for sure. But sometimes wonder if only good infrastructure & someone around is enough for your last days. Great initiative.”

Another commented, “Stay Blessed To the entire team members who are taking care of the terminally ill patient’s life for a few days weeks, months.”

Pointing out the importance of such a service in the entire journey of ailing cancer patients, a user wrote, ”Such a great initiative, every corner of Odisha should know about this, and get proper treatment. Every stage of cancer is very painful for both the patient and the caregiver. It is not always about the last few weeks or months it can be a year too.”

While another user was reminded of a similar facility in Bangalore. He further wished the best to the entire team for doing selfless service to mankind at a time when even near and dear ones leave.

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