Okie Sancho (R) along with the patients and their attendants residing at Arunachal House in Mumbai
Okie Sancho (R) along with the patients and their attendants residing at Arunachal House in Mumbai|EastMojo Image
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This Arunachal youth is helping cancer patients amid lockdown 

In absence of governing body, 23-year-old youth takes charge of Arunachal House in Mumbai     

Kalyan Deb

Kalyan Deb

Mumbai: At 23 most of us are concerned about clearing the exams and getting our dream job. But this young student from Arunachal Pradesh has jumped in to help people, during these difficult times when the entire country is under a 21-day lock down.

Okie Sangcho, a final semester student of Government Polytechnic Mumbai is now responsible for the safety of 17 people in Arunachal house in the financial capital of the country, Mumbai. What makes his job even more crucial is that all the 17 residents are cancer patients with their attendants. They are all undergoing treatment in Mumbai.

“It is all for a social cause since they are all cancer patients. Although their accommodation here is free but they have to cook their own food. I am consistently staying in touch with the Deputy Resident Commissioner of Arunachal House in Delhi and they take care of essentials such as electricity bills, etc.,” Okie said to EastMojo.

23-year-old Okie is a final semester student of Government Polytechnic Mumbai
23-year-old Okie is a final semester student of Government Polytechnic Mumbai Facebook

The responsibility fell on Okie’s shoulders in the absence of a governing body of the house for several years now. Amid the lockdown, Okie has been providing his help and guidance to those staying in Arunachal House.

“It is not much of a task to help them but since all of them are cancer patients they will have to stay here for a long time. For now, the doctors have advised them to stay indoors so they need to stock up their essentials as they cannot afford to go out every day. So I told them buy goods that can last for at least few days and only go out after a gap of 4 to 5 days to buy groceries,” Okie added.

The 23-year-old also has the support of 20-year-old Nabam Gama who has been helping him in ensuring smooth functioning of Arunachal House. Okie also expressed concern about the deteriorating condition of the complex.

“Although Delhi Arunachal House takes care of everything but maintenance has not been up to expectations. The rooms are not in a very good condition and neither are the bathrooms. Although no one is complaining and all the residents are living comfortably but things will keep deteriorating if nothing is done,” Okie added.

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