As Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to inaugurate the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Center at Mohali in Punjab on Wednesday, officials said the health facility was important due to reports of an increasing prevalence of cancer in some parts of the state.
They noted that cancer treatment under “Ayushman Bharat”, a health insurance scheme for the poor, has been one of the main goals of the central government to protect people from catastrophic cancer treatment expenses. Health insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh per family per year is provided for secondary or tertiary care hospitalization, they noted. A total of 435 procedures, including chemotherapy and radiotherapy packages, have been defined for cancer treatment as well as surgical oncology, they added. The central government constructed the tertiary care hospital at the cost of over Rs 660 Crore. It has a capacity of 300 beds and is equipped with modern facilities to treat all types of cancers using all available treatment modalities such as surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology – chemotherapy, immunotherapy and bone marrow transplantation, they said.
”This project is significant as there have been many reports of rising prevalence of cancer in parts of Punjab and people being forced to travel to other states for affordable cancer treatment. This problem was so widespread that a train from Bathinda was known as a cancer train,’ they said.
This hospital will act as a cancer care hub while a 100-bed cancer hospital, built by the central government and functional since 2018 in Sangrur, will now act as a radius of this hospital. This hospital will also help patients from neighboring states, they said.
Emphasizing the government’s emphasis on treating cancer and helping its patients, they said that oncology treatment in its various aspects has been ensured in the new AIIMS which is being established under the aegis by Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Cancer care facilities are also being established in other medical schools under the program.
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), which falls under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, has released a list of 390 unscheduled cancer drugs with an MRP reduction of up to 87% in 2019, they said. added.
Functional Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centers (AB-HWC) conducted over 10.33 crore oral cancer screenings, over 3.41 crore cervical cancer screenings in women and over 5.06 crore female breast cancer screenings in April 2022. Among the major cancer hospitals recently inaugurated by PM Modi are seven facilities opened on April 28 in Assam during a reception in Dibrugarh. These cancer hospitals are built in Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur and Jorhat. During the ceremony, the prime minister also laid the foundation stone for seven new cancer hospitals in Dhubri, Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Golaghat, officials said.
On January 7 this year, the second campus of the National Cancer Institute at Chittaranjan, Kolkata was inaugurated by him.
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