Tata Memorial, one of the biggest cancer treatment establishing in India, gets 65000 modern cancer patients each year and another 45000 for followups. Sukhbir is one of the over hundred Tata Memorial patients who have made the space beneath the flyover their domestic. About each sort of cancer finds a place. There are ladies worked for breast cancer, there are men who have experienced surgery for verbal cancer, there are few recipients of bone marrow transplants and a few are holding up to be worked for cervical cancer.
None of them can go home which in every single case is far-off state – Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. There are follow-ups planned each week or each fortnight. Travelling home and returning for follow-ups is incomprehensible. They are so poor that they can’t pay Rs 100- a day a number of dharmashalas charge for a room. And there is a long holding up list for gratis settlement, a few orchestrated by the healing center and others by charitable associations. In truth, Sukhbir and others like him landed under the flyover since each inch of space accessible on pavements outside the hospital.
When Sukhbir Singh, 25, resident of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh was released from the Tata Memorial Hospital on December 28 after experiencing surgery for gastro-intestinal cancer, his spouse Mamata was cautioned of the hazard of him picking up diseases. She was told that he must stay away from dust and his surroundings should be kept clean. A tired grin shows up on Mamata’s confront as she focuses on the thundering activity on both sides of the small space the family presently possesses beneath the Hindmata Flyover in Parel. It may be a dust-fest. And as far as bed rest goes, he encompasses a chatai and a worn out bed-sheet spread on the cold concrete for his bed, he strolls to the adjacent BMC-run open latrine each time he needs to calm himself and rests fitfully because of non-stop honking.
The Hindmata flyover is nearly like a post-operative ward of Tata Commemoration. Patients who worked for verbal cancer take their feeds utilizing the nasal tube indeed as cars, trucks, and buses trundle by. There’s a family seen with a suction pump for clearing the throat of an old man planned to undergo surgery in a few days. Patients change their dressings as dust and petrol and diesel fumes hang heavy in the air. According to Tata Memorial doctors, who did not wish to be distinguished, a majority of patients who donate up treatment mid-way do so since post-treatment care without a proper system is way too difficult.
People who are compromising under the flyover daily are Sukhbir Singh from Uttar Pradesh, Ramjatan Tani from Uttar Pradesh, Lilavati Devi Singh from Bihar, Suresh Mandal from West Bengal, Munni Devi Bhagat from Bihar.
The city as of now has 5 dharmashalas giving convenience for cancer patients. Dr. Earnest Borges Home in Bandra can accommodate 300 patients and their attendants. The Nana Palkar home in Parel gives room to 150 patients. The Gadge Maharaj Dharmashala in Dadar and CSTM houses can take care of 600 patients for Rs Rs 30 to Rs 50 per day. The Shri Master Singh Sabna Gurudwara in Chembur gives convenience to a hundred patients. There are a few other charitable associations giving poor patients convenience on a smaller scale.
Credits: Mumbai Mirror