Cancer awareness walk in Salalah

SALALAH: A Cancer Awareness Walk is to be held in Salalah today under the auspices of Oman Athletic Association with the theme Healthy Oman, Happy Oman.

The event is being organised by Lifeline Hospital, Salalah as part of its corporate social responsibility and the hospital’s commitment to raise health awareness among common people.

The guest of honour on the occasion would be Ahmed Ali Abdullah al Amri, Adviser Technical Affairs, Office of The Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar.

Giving details of the walkathon, Dr Mohd Asif Gani, Operations Director of Lifeline Hospital said, “Cancer in most cases is curable with modern drugs and treatment modalities, if diagnosed and treated early. Early detection is possible with laboratory tests and imaging techniques which are amply available in all the hospitals.” To emphasise his point on importance of early detection he said, “It is like ‘a stitch in time that saves nine’ and ‘nip it in the bud’ to get rid of the disease.

In his message Shaikh Ahmed Abdullah al Marhoon, Vice-President Oman Atheletic Association exhorted people, local institutions and establishments to come forward, spread the message of awareness regarding early detection and treatment to their relatives and friends and participate in the event in large numbers.

“Those who attend the event will cherish their participation as they will be spending their time for a very special and noble cause,” said Al Marhoon.

Tariq al Jabri, Manager HR, Lifeline Hospital and Member of the Organising Committee said: “It would be immaterial what distance one walks, as every small step and distance covered will be a long and decisive step in a specific direction and above all it will be a wonderful opportunity for all to unite in the battle against a dreaded disease”.

Shaikh Shakir Taufiq al Magni, Member of Oman Athletic Association appealed sportsmen to actively participate in the event to raise awareness for a cause which is very important.

The event is supported by Hamdan Plaza Hotel, Finland Eye Centre, Oman Air, Malabar Gold and Diamonds, Oman Daily Observer and Oman (Arabic), As’afwah Dairy and House of Khimji Ramdas.

Dr Asif said Lifeline Hospital is at the forefront of community service setting many benchmarks. “A diagnostic camp was organised at Thumrait last month rendering medical services to more than 400 patients in a single day and plans are afoot for another such camp at Taqah in the coming days,” he said.


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