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Cancer Hospital Turns 10


CANCER patients, their families as well as members of the public were treated to a day of fun-filled activities at the NCI Cancer Hospital’s (NCI’s) 10th anniversary celebration at the hospital grounds in Nilai recently.
 
Jointly organised by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM), the carnival was held in appreciation of the support the hospital has received from the community over the past 10 years.
 
Speaking at the carnival launch, NCI oncology and radiation therapy and clinical research head Dr G. Selvaratnam said the 10th anniversary celebration renewed the hospital’s commitment to serving the community.


Maiden performance in Malaysia: The Kebayarobiks troupe from Singapore strutting their stuff at the NCI Cancer Hospital’s tenth anniversary celebration.

“It is a significant milestone for us. NCI is the only private centre dedicated to cancer treatment in the country.
 
“We intend to uphold, if not surpass our past record in providing treatment, in clinical trials and in advocating cancer awareness.
 
“This is our promise to the community and the carnival is our way of showing our appreciation and celebrating greater things to come,” he said.


Bringing cheer: Astro Talent Quest Champion 2009 Yan Wan Qian visiting a patient at the NCI Cancer Hospital.

Selvaratnam said NCI was also the first in South-East Asia to introduce the Trilogy System, which caters to the needs of patients requiring high-end precision radiotherapy.
 
“We have a team of experienced medical personnel and our employees are dedicated to providing the best care and treatment for the patients who walk through our door,” he said.
 
As part of its objective of giving back to the community, the hospital provided free breakfast for visitors and the first 200 visitors also received Body Mass Index (BMI) and glucose checks.
 
Adding star power to the day’s events, local celebrity Mawi of Akademi Fantasia fame thrilled the crowd with a string of hits.
 
This was followed by equally entertaining performances by a Singaporean ‘Kebayarobiks’ team and local Chinese crooner Wan Qian.


Celebrity visitors: Mawi and his wife Ekin chatting with a patient.

The crowd was also kept busy with a food fair, a self-defence demonstration by the police department and a life-saving skills demonstration by a team from the St John’s Ambulance.
 
It was not all fun and games, though.
 
To create awareness and educate the public on health issues, NCI also held health talks and conducted tours through the hospital throughout the day.
 
Long-service awards were presented to NCI employees in recognition of their decade-long service with the hospital.
 
Proceeds from the sale of NCI merchandise at the carnival will be channelled towards a cancer treatment fund under the NCSM.

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