‘Anti-cancer programme to be implemented in 12th Five-Year Plan’

The programme,running for the past two years on a pilot basis,has covered 100 districts in 21 states across the country.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: April 20, 2012 12:25 am

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Sudip Bandyopadhyay has said that the National Programme for prevention of Cancer,Diabetes,Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke (NPCDCS) will be implemented throughout the country under the 12th Five-Year Plan. The programme,running for the past two years on a pilot basis,has covered 100 districts in 21 states across the country.

Bandyopadhyay was in Lucknow to inaugurate the Cardiac Operation Theatre at Vivekanand Polyclinic and Institute of Medical Sciences. State Minister of Protocol,Abhishek Mishra was also present in the ceremony.

Talking to The Indian Express after the ceremony,the minister said that even though health is a state subject,the Government of India has taken up several national programmes for control of various diseases like AIDS and TB. He said that diseases like cancer,diabetes,cardiovascular ailments and stroke are fast becoming an epidemic in the country.

“For controlling and spreading awareness about these diseases,we had started the national programme NPCDCS in 100 districts two years ago,which we are planning to implement across the state in the 12th Five-Year Plan,” he said. “Under the programme,free glucometres will be distributed to diabetic patients and an assistance of Rs 1 lakh each will be given as assistance to cancer patients,apart from creating awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco and alcohol,” he said.

Talking about the scam hit National Rural Health Mission in Uttar Pradesh,Bandyopadhyay said,“Uttar Pradesh is the only state where NRHM completely lost its way. However,the mission itself has enough scope to reach out to the grassroots level in the health sector. On its basis,we are bringing National Urban and Rural Health Mission within the next two months.”

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