Chennai: Dr. V. Shanta, doyen of cancer care in the country and chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute died on Tuesday morning.
She was 93 years old and was working even until her hospitalisation.
The Adyar Cancer Institute (WIA), located in Chennai, is one of the oldest and most reputed cancer treatment centres in the country. The institution offers high-quality cancer care to all sections of the society, and is very well known for free hospital services for the poor.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of senior oncologist Dr V Shanta .
"Dr. V. Shanta will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top-quality cancer care. The Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai is at the forefront of serving the poor and downtrodden. I recall my visit to the Institute in 2018. Saddened by Dr. V Shanta's demise. Om Shanti," Modi tweeted.
Her body has been moved to the old Cancer Institute premises, which she helped build along with her mentor Dr. Krishnamoorthy.
The Padma Shri (1986) and Padma Bhushan (2006) awarded doctor was renowned for her efforts towards making quality and affordable cancer treatment accessible to all patients.
She was also awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay awards.