Hyderabad: Rotarians donated Cytometer worth Rs 66 lakh to Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital & Research Institute (BIACH&RI) in a function held on Friday night at the hospital.

Cytometer helps in diagnosis and monitoring of Blood Cancers in children. With this, the hospital will be able to provide free specialized diagnostic services to children from families below the poverty line (BPL) suffering from Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL), commonly known as Blood Cancer.

 

The test costs Rs 20,000 each, which is unaffordable to many. The Cytometer is expected to do 500 such tests in a year. Which means the hospital will provide services worth Rs 1 crore per annum.

The Cytometer was provided by Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan, in partnership with Rotary Club of Naperville, USA and Rotary Foundation from the funds raised and arranged by them.

Speaking on the occasion Rotary District Governor Ramesh Vangala said, “Rotary in India spends Rs 100 crore every year through its Rotary Foundation’s International Grant. Indian Rotary is the second biggest in the world in its contribution to Rotary Foundation. This year alone we have contributed 18 million US dollars.”

Flow cytometry is a technology used for diagnosing and monitoring blood cancers .The 13 colour flow cytometer is capable of appropriately diagnosing leukaemia (blood cancer) to enable optimal patient management. It also helps in monitoring residual disease during the course of treatment.

The Cytometer will benefit children from BPL families who are being treated for ALL at MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Centre (MNJ) and BIACH&RI. MNJ is the sole tertiary public referral centre for cancer for the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and north Karnataka with a population of over 100 million and is government designated to provide free treatment to patients below the poverty line; BIACH&RI also provides free treatment to this community.

This will directly benefit ALL affected children by providing an accurate diagnosis of their leukaemia and help doctors to determine the exact customized dosage for each child ensuring excellent care that can greatly increase their chances of survival.

The cost of the equipment and initial setup is about Rs 66 lakhs. BIACHRI will maintain the cytometry equipment and provide the diagnosis facility free of cost to the BPL children/families as referred to them by MNJ/Rotary for the life of the machine.

Dr S Sudha Murthy, Chief of Pathology & Lab Medicine, Basavatarakam Indo American Cancer Hospital, said, “The 11-color flow cytometer is capable of appropriately diagnosing leukaemias (blood cancers) so as to enable optimal patient management. Since the technology will help deliver faster results, we would be able to offer these services at substantially lower prices. Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan has initiated efforts in collaboration with Basavatarakam Indo American cancer Hospital & Research Institute to offer free services to the poor.”

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