Regional cancer centers to be launched in five districts

7th October, 2013    comments

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Health Minister V S Sasikumar said on October 4th, 2013 that Mini Regional Cancer centres will be opened in five medical colleges in the state.He also added, after inaugurating the state-level Amrutham Arogyam programme jointly organised by the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and State Helath Department, that centres to treat cancer will be launched in all districts.
Sivakumar quoted,“Cancer treatment facilities will be launched in all primary health centres in major cities. Facilities that will be launched at primary health centres will give prominence to prevention of lifestyle diseases. A total of 2.5 lakh people aged between 30 and 60 years are dying annually due to lifestyle diseases. Programmes like Amrutham Arogyam are launched to create awareness among the public on the need to prevent lifestyle diseases,”

LEAP - Lifestyle Education and Awareness Programme, a programme to create awareness among children on lifestyle diseases will be launched district wide. Regarding the National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) programme, Sivakumar said Rs 47.5 crore had already been sanctioned for the projects.  “The projects under the NUHM will be launched in five corporations and 12 municipalities in the state,” he said.  The Minister said the Union Government had already given approval for the Rs 100-crore project for converting the Thiruvananthapuram Regional Cancer Centre into a state cancer institute. “The Malabar Cancer Centre will be raised to the standards of a regional cancer centre and selected doctors will be given special training,” he added.