Govt to set up 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres - Anupriya Patel, MoS, Health and Family Welfare
19 May, 2017
The government of India plans to set up 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres. This was revealed by Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Anupriya Patel at ASSOCHAMâ€™s Womenâ€™s Health Confluence on Prevention and Cure of Cancers and Thyroid Disorders in New Delhi. The Minister added that the biggest challenge in combating Cancer was early detection and outlined the governmentâ€™s approach to the problem. Addressing the gathering President of ASSOCHAM â€“ Sandeep Jajodia stated that womenâ€™s health should be a priority for India. He observed that many cases simply go undetected due to ignorance about the symptoms. Delivering the theme address, Director, Medical Services, Turacoz Healthcare Solutions â€“ Dr. Namrata Singh called for greater stress on prevention of diseases. She also refuted the misconception that rural women are more vulnerable to undernourishment than urban women. Presenting the Industryâ€™s perspective, the Chairman of ASSOCHAMâ€™s National Council on Drugs and Pharmaceuticals â€“ Dr. Rakesh Chitkara noted that with massive changes in lifestyle and demographics, India was witnessing a rise in Non-Communicable Diseases. This could spell massive losses for the India economy he added. He called for greater cooperation between the government and the private sector to address this problem. The event also saw discussions on the Prevention, Detection, and Cure of Cancers and Thyroid Disorders in Women besides a felicitation ceremony for the best performers in the field of Womenâ€™s Healthcare. Prominent dignitaries that graced the occasion included the COO, Oncquest Laboratories â€“ Dr. Ravi Gaur; Associate Director, Medical Oncology, Medanta â€“ Dr. Jyoti Wadhwa; CEO of Sun Foundation â€“ Isha Bhandari; National Professional Officer, NCDs, WHO Country Office for India â€“ Dr. Sadhana Bhagwat; Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health and Family Welfare â€“ Dr. Dinesh Baswal, President of the Indian Thyroid Society â€“ Dr. C. S. Bal, Secretary General of ASSOCHAM â€“ D. S. Rawat and Chairman of ASSOCHAMâ€™s National Council of Healthcare and Hospitals â€“ Dr. B K Rao besides others.