25 Feb 2014

Cancer treatment institutes in the North eastern states

Cancer treatment institutes in the North eastern states
According to estimates of Cancer cases, based on Cancer Registries under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the estimated number of new cancer patients (incidence cases) in all the eight North East States put together for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 are 36354, 36814 and 37294 respectively.

NEIGRIMS has a separate Oncology OPD, a separate Oncology ward with 16 indoor beds with provision for further expansion upto 30 beds. 

Patients are administered chemotherapy as indoor patients as well in day care. Pain management and palliative care facilities are also available. Regular screening programmes are conducted in the hospital itself as well as in collaboration with other private societies.

Dr B. Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati with 209 beds strength is having major equipments for Radiotherapy like Linear Accelerator machines with IMRT, IGRT,SRS/SRT and major equipments for Radio diagnosis like CT Scan, MRI etc., 5 fully equipped major operation theatres, 20 day care chemotherapy beds, 12 general chemotherapy beds etc.

Modernization of these Institutes and introduction of new technology is an ongoing process which is taken up subject to availability of resources and inter-se priorities.

As per the information provided by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Mumbai, there are four institutions having Radiotherapy facilities in the Government sector in the NE region. A total of 14 Radiotherapy machines are available including both private and public sectors.

Health being a state subject, it is for the State Governments to provide health care services to the people. However, the Central Government supplements the efforts of the State Governments through, inter alia, the Central Government Health Institutions and National Programmes.

 The National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke [NPCDCS] was started in 2010 for providing assistance to State Governments for activities including health promotion, early detection and treatment of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke. NPCDCS activities upto the District level are now under the umbrella of the National Health Mission. 

Government has recently approved a scheme for enhancing the Tertiary Care Cancer facilities in the country under NPCDCS. Under the approved scheme, for eligible institutions upto Rs. 45 crores per Tertiary Care Cancer Centre and upto Rs. 120 crores for State Cancer Institute is available to assist 20 State Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres in different parts of the country.

In so far as private hospitals are concerned, the data on all facilities for cancer diagnosis/treatment is not maintained centrally.

This was stated by Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha today. 

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