HP CM Sukhu vows to improve cancer treatment facilities
Shimla, May 10
The Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, has announced the government’s commitment to providing the best possible cancer care to patients in the state. He held a meeting with Dr. G.K. Rath, a prominent oncologist and head of the National Cancer Institute at AIIMS in New Delhi, to discuss how to strengthen cancer treatment facilities and overall health infrastructure in the state. The growth rate of cancer cases in Himachal Pradesh is 2.2 percent, which is higher than the national average of 0.6 percent, and the state sees around 8,500 cases detected every year, many of which go unnoticed and undetected in remote areas.
The Chief Minister emphasized the need for creating awareness amongst the masses about cancer and urged for holding cancer awareness programs and organizing workshops in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. He also stressed the importance of more screening and detection to provide proper treatment at an early stage of cancer. The government is also exploring the possibility of setting up a centrally funded National Cancer Institute at Hamirpur.
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Dr. Rath briefed the Chief Minister that 50 percent of cancer is curable and shared the latest cancer treatment technology. The Chief Minister also discussed the possibility of starting a pilot project for health vaccination of adolescent girls to promote a healthy future population. Vivek Bhatia, Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister, and Col K.S. Bashtu, OSD to Chief Minister, were also present in the meeting. The Chief Minister’s priority is to provide the best health facilities in every corner of the state, and the government is committed to achieving this goal.