GUWAHATI, Sept 4 – The doctors and staff of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute celebrated Lokabandhu Day with a day-long programme today. Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah was born in Dibrugarh on September 4, 1893. An eminent physician, freedom fighter and philanthropist of Assam, his birthday is celebrated as Lokabandhu Day.
Dr Borooah was instrumental in converting the erstwhile Berry White Medical School into the full-fledged medical college in Dibrugarh.He founded the Assam branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in 1947. He was the founder president of the Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi TB Hospital, which was established in 1954.
At a public meeting held in 1958, it was decided to establish a cancer institute in Guwahati in the memory of Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah, an official release stated.
Today’s programme started with garlanding of the statue of Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah. Tree plantation and distribution of sweets to the indoor patients were also organised.
A public meeting was held in the afternoon which was attended by Dhirendra Nath Barooah, founder trustee of the Institute, Jatin Hazarika, Prof Surajit Borooah and members of the Management Council and Board of Trustees.
A computerised ‘Admission and Discharge Desk’ was inaugurated by Jatin Hazarika. In his brief speech, he appealed to the medical faculties to emulate the ideals of Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah. Hazarika hoped that the Hospital Information Brochure and Computerised Admission and Discharge Desk will contribute to further improvement of patient care services.
The Director of BBCI, Dr AC Kataki, in his address, recollected the contribution, made by Lokabandhu Borooah and also paid his respect to the founder trustees. He said that in the context of socio-economic changes and globalisation, the ideals of Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah has become more relevant today. The healthcare professionals today face a lot of challenges which should be considered as opportunities for improvement. He emphasised introduction of new systems of governance and good system management.
Earlier, Dr Apurba Kumar Kalita, chairman of the organising committee, welcomed all the dignitaries and employees of the Institute.