Jan. 11: The authorities at B. Borooah Cancer Institute have ensured that the patients will not be left out of the Magh Bihu celebrations.
“Magh Bihu is basically about feasting. All the people of the state are celebrating. Why should the patients at the institute be left out?” the institute director, Amal Chandra Kataki, told The Telegraph.
He said the measures were a part of creative therapy at leading cancer institutes in the country as well as abroad to boost the morale of patients and help them battle cancer bravely. “We will try creative therapy for our patients. The therapy boosts positive energy, which in turn is good for immunity that can help fight cancer cells. When one is positive, the immunity system becomes stronger. Such a therapy might even help patients to regain their taste by next year’s Magh Bihu and then they can enjoy all the food,” Kataki said.
Traditional bhela ghar and meji have been constructed on the institute premises for the occasion.
The celebration will begin with lighting of the meji by patients and distribution of traditional Assamese pitha and other food items.
The celebrations will also be marked by various games among patients.
Kataki said singers Anima Choudhury, Santa Uzir, Anjan Jyoti Choudhury, Rishi Raj Sarma, artist Neel Paban Barua, musician Bhupen Uzir and actor Jayanta Bhagawati have confirmed their participation. “Our hospital staff will also celebrate pre-Magh Bihu along with the patients in a very simple yet exciting manner and will distribute some traditional food among them,” Kataki said.
The institute is the lone cancer institute in the region and has a 200-bed hospital at present.
There is a 100-bed guesthouse inside the hospital premises for ambulatory patients and their relatives. The institute also has residential campus for the employees.