November 9, 2013 2:38:46 am
What was touted as the worlds largest cancer screening camp by the Punjab Government in collaboration with Max India Foundation,turned out to be a flop show in Mohali district.
Only 10 new cases of cancer were confirmed at the camp even though the government had claimed that during a door-to-door survey in Phase 1 of the campaign,a total of 1,537 people in the district had reported symptoms that were indicative of cancer.
The screening camp,launched by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and cricketer Yuvraj Singh,was held at the Civil Hospital in Phase 6 on September 28 and 29.
Vini Mahajan,principal secretary of Health and Family Welfare department,had said at the launch there were around 87,000 suspected cases of cancer in the state. Through this Mega Cancer Screening Camp,we aim to ensure that no patient is left without basic diagnosis,screening or clinical consultation, Mahajan was quoted saying.
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Although there were 603 registrations at the camp,only 282 suspected cases of cancer underwent various diagnostic tests including ultrasound,X-ray,tests for oral cases and tests for breast cancer and uterus cancer.
According to lab report of the tests,only 10 people tested positive for the disease,which include six cases of breast cancer and two cases of uterus cancer.
Asked about the low turnout at the camp,Senior Medical Officer Adesh Kang said,More than 1,500 people had complained of cancer-related symptoms,but they were basic symptoms and were only indicative of the disease. We had asked the respondents of the survey to come and get checked during the camp and many of them did turn up.
Kang also said that the confirmed cases have been intimated of their reports and asked to appear for follow-ups.
Meanwhile,despite repeated attempts,Max Hospital refused to comment on the low turn-out during the camp.
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