On October 1, the International Day for older persons, it is resolved at Cuttack to activate the Seven’s call – Solace, Support, Shelter and Security for Sick, Suffering and Senior citizens.
The Orissa Cancer Foundation Trust and Cuttack Surakhya Committee organized the all Orissa Senior Citizen meet and Cancer awareness program was at Satabdi Bhawan, Cuttack, inaugurated by justice R.K.Patra at 10 am. Dr. Damodar Rout, Minister Health and FW addressed the concluding session in the evening. About 200 senior citizens from different districts and 200 from Cuttack attended the function that was spread over six sessions including a special session on women.
Routine health checkup was also offered.
Dr.K.S.Panda renowned cancer surgeon requested for annual checkup for early detection as cancer incidences rise in old age and at 85 ; 30% of elderly have hidden or diagnosed cancer.
An all Orissa forum was formed to move the state & national governments to enhance facilities for senior citizens.