Hailakandi: A primary school teacher of Barak Valley has donated her first month’s salary to Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Silchar.
Sumina Akhtar Khan, a resident of Kalain in Cachar district, lost her father Ataur Rahman Khan to cancer.
When she cleared the teachers’ eligibility test (TET) and got the job of a teacher at Lower Primary School in Katigorah three months back, she decided to donate her first salary to the research centre.
Her mother, Safatun Nessa Laskar, said, “Sumina is always eager to do something for people in need.”
On Friday, Sumina handed over a cheque for Rs 20,000 to Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre director Dr Ravi Kannan.
Her mother, too, donated Rs 10,000 to the hospital.
“I want to do something for the cause of cancer as I have seen the pain associated with it,” she said.
Accepting the cheque, Kannan said it was really good that a young teacher has come forward to help the cancer patients. “She has set an example,” he added.
Kannan said cancer cases were increasing at an alarming rate. “But the level of awareness remains very low. Nearly 80 per cent of the patients come to the hospital at a stage when there are no chances of recovery.”
Sources said in 2016, 3,155 patients were registered in the hospital. Of them, 1,427 were diagnosed with cancer.