A doctor from a predominantly tribal region of Thane district in Maharashtra has been selected for a month-long scholarship on Cancer research in France. Dr Avinash D Bhagwat is the only doctor from the Maharashtra public health department to be selected for the fellowship, with 20 candidates from other states.
The extensive training on Cancer research will be held at the international agency for research on cancer at Lyon, France, and is being co-coordinated by the World Health Organisation as a part of its programme of training the medical professionals in the specialised medical fields. Bhagwat said he was thankful to the health department to have chosen him from among the thousands in the health care field.
He said he could put to practice the knowledge he gains from the specialised training to serve the downtrodden. Bhagwat has been for long serving the people of tribal Mokhada taluka, which has seen numerous malnutrition deaths.
He has also served in Primary Health Centre at Khodala, Washala and later Kalyan, and finally landed in the Diva-Anjur primary health centre of Bhiwandi taluka. His services as the medical officer and providing the best of health care facilities for tribals earned him the distinction for being picked up for the prestigious training.