April 26, 2016
In developed countries, more than 80% of children suffering from cancer are cured because of significant progress in treatment. The research from various international institutes including the University of Toronto and Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Centre pegs the rate of mortality due to paediatric cancer in India at 37 per million every year. Increasing incidence and mortality from cancer is also leading the economic burden of treatment, which is 20 times the annual income of an average family, an assessment by AIMS showed.
Uttar Pradesh government is working under the National Health Mission Scheme with an aim to reduce cancer deaths. All district hospitals in Uttar Pradesh have been directed to provide free consultations to cancer patients and initiate chemotherapy under the National Health Mission scheme.
Chemotherapy for Free
A recent circular issued by the Akhilesh Yadav government has ordered setting up of consultation camps at all district hospitals, some of which have already begun registering cancer patients.
An initial batch of 10 doctors from various hospitals across UP have already been trained for this purpose at Delhi’s Moolchand Hospital. Dr. Piyush Jain, the cancer registration camp in-charge for Agra said to Times of India, “Patients can avail the benefit of this scheme by registering themselves at the special camps. So far 20 patients, including two from Aligarh and one each from Mathura and Hathras, have registered in Agra and their treatment will commence at the district hospital here. If a patient’s condition is found critical, he/she would be referred to higher centres.
The move will lessen the financial burden as a single chemotherapy session costs Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 and most patients require 6 to 7 sessions.
Uttar Hamara feels that this is certainly good news in terms of providing free treatment to cancer patients.