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Tuesday 29 January 2013

33,318 died to Cancer in Punjab in five years, 23874 fresh cases found

33,318 died to Cancer in Punjab in five years, 23874 fresh cases found

Chandigarh, January 28 ( bureau): As many as 23874 cancer
cases have been recorded in Punjab, while 33,318 cancer deaths have been claimed to have occurred during last five years due to this fatal
diseases. This fact come to light when Punjab Health and Family Welfare
Minister, Madan Mohan Mittal, today released the report of the
State-wide Cancer Awareness & Symptom Based Early Detection Door to
Door Campaign. While addressing the media at Punjab Bhawan here, Mittal informed that 2,64,84,434 persons in
50,53,447 households have been covered in 12603 villages and 217 cities
and towns of the State. He said that this amounts to 97.78% population
going by the census data. Mittal said that based on the experience of
the pilot project regarding Rapid Assessment of Cancer Awareness and
Symptom Based Early Detection Campaign from October 2 to October 31,
2012, this campaign have been launched in the state from December 1 to
December 31, 2012.
The persons complaining of the symptoms out of the list of 12 enlisted
in the multi-colour hand out numbered 84,453. He said that all health
specialists, including the World Health Organization (WHO), stress upon
the early diagnosis of cancer based on symptoms. Mr. Mittal said that
Punjab has taken a lead in such an effort while making it a reality by
door to door visits, the first campaign of its kind all over the world.
While appreciating the voluntary role played by the field workers,
Health Minister made a special reference to the voluntary contribution
made by ASHA and ASHA Facilitators in this act of human good.
Mr. Mittal said that after the completion of first phase, which involved
Mass Awareness and identification, now in the second phase the suspects
as well as those who claim to suffer from cancer would be taken to the
health institutions to confirm the diagnosis. He informed that the
diagnostic and treatment facilities available with the Government would
be free for them. All the suspects and those suffering from cancer have
been provided referral cards specially designed for the campaign.
Mittal pointed out that the whole exercise had been carried out at a
very nominal cost of 60 paisa per head with a total of about 1.7 crores
rupees against a proposed budget of Rs 2.00 crores shared at 75:25
between the centre and the state government. He also informed that
external evaluation would be got done from Teams of PGI, Chandigarh for
this gigantic exercise done at a very small budgetary provision of
about 70 paisa per head of the population.
Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education said
that the whole exercise has been carried out as per advice of the
experts in the field and it as the only alternative available to the
third world countries where resources are limited. She said the second
significant factor in the success of this unique campaign has been the
continuous monitoring coupled with good training at all levels. This is
an exercise that would go a long way in mitigating the troubles of many a
family by early diagnosis and treatment during the 2nd phase of medical
care of those more than 80000 who are symptomatic. She further informed
that by way of a specially designed software the individual details
of all the 1,51, 792 persons are being compiled at state level
through the system of direct SMS from the field workers to the state
headquarter and as such tracking them shall be easier and systematic.

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