India's progress in leprosy eradication efforts has been spectacular and the participatory work by governmental and voluntary agencies is laudable, observed Mrs. Priya Dutt in Mumbai on Wednesday. “We are happy that the cherished dream of the Father of our nation for leprosy elimination has come true,” she said adding that "it is heartening that IDF rededicates its service for the development of nation as it celebrates silver jubilee.
In February 1987, with the help of the Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation USA, an Amersham Manual Afterloading Brachytherapy Unit was installed. The machine inaugurated by thespian Mr. Sunil Dutt has helped treating more than 1500 patients with cervix cancer (accounting for about 30% of all our cancer patients). So far about 4000 women have been treated using these two modalities.
Mrs. Priya Dutt visited Dr. Ernest Borges Memorial Home & Rehabilitation Research Centre at Bandra East. She spent time with the cancer affected patients residing there. She was highly impressed by the artificial legs/limbs made by their craftsmen and the ease with which the patients used them.