GEM hospital Coimbatore inaugurated the scheme ‘Care for Life’ at the Celebrating life event that happened on February 3rd, 2020. This was a joint initiative of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore with GEM hospital, intended to spread awareness and provide free treatment for poor patients with gastrointestinal cancer. Rotary Clubs of Lake Norman Huntersville and Palm Springs, USA also joined hands with us to be the international partners for this initiative.
The initiative Care for Life is intended to create awareness about gastrointestinal cancer, which includes cancer of food pipe (esophagus), stomach, bowels (small intestine, colon, rectum), liver, pancreas, gall bladder and bile duct. Through this venture, we intend to pool funds from all the partners to enable free treatment for poor patients with early-stage gastrointestinal cancers (Stage I and II), which can be completely cured at this stage. In India, the penetration of health insurance is less and majority of the patients pay out of their pocket for treatment or, if unable to arrange adequate finances, do not seek timely treatment. It is hoped that through this initiative, poor patients with curable gastrointestinal cancer will not be deprived of timely treatment due to a lack of finances.
The event was also felicitated by a lot of renowned people of the medical community. The founder and managing trustee at Sankara Eye Care Institutions, Coimbatore, Dr. R V Ramani was the chief guest at the event. Dr. B. Asokan, Dean of Coimbatore Medical College hospital, Coimbatore was the guest of honor. The function was presided over by Dr. C. Palanivelu, Chairman, GEM Hospital & Research center, Coimbatore.