Itanagar: In a big boost for the cancer patients of Arunachal Pradesh, the State Cancer Society here is all set to establish a state-of-the-art tertiary cancer care centre in the state soon.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu who took to social media to share the information on Tuesday said that the tertiary cancer care centre would be set up for the people of the state in a phased manner.
“The centre will be equipped with the latest technologies and facilities like linear accelerator (True Beam), Brach therapy Unit, and PET CT scan. This will be in addition to the free diagnostics, chemotherapy and medicines being provided by the government,” Khandu said while adding that the new facility will make the cancer treatment easier and hassle-free.
The decision to set up the tertiary cancer care centre was taken in the governing body of the State Cancer Society on Tuesday.
The aims of the State Cancer Society is mainly to oversee comprehensive cancer treatment, including pain and palliative care support, create awareness and to set up cancer care centers under central and state government schemes.
Khandu who chaired the meeting also stressed on the need for creating mass awareness to prevent and fight cancer in the state by involving community based and non-government organizations.
“Given the importance of behavioral changes for the prevention of cancer, I have requested Health Minister Alo Libang to take initiatives in this regard,” the chief minister said in his post.
Khandu in his post also informed that as many as 3232 patients have benefitted from the Chief Minister’s Free Cancer Chemotherapy Scheme (CMFCCS) so far.
The scheme was launched in 2017 to provide chemotherapy medicines up to a ceiling of Rs. 5.00 lakh per patient per annum to all Arunachalee cancer patients, regular state government employees and their dependents.
The state government had increased the financial allocation for CMFCCS from Rs 3 to Rs 6 crore in the State Budget 2022-23.
Meanwhile, Cancer Control Programme state nodal officer Dr Sam Tsering, during the meeting informed that the memorandum of understanding with Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai shall be renewed for the CM’s Free Cancer Chemotherapy Scheme for another three years.
It was also informed that Cancer Screening Project would soon be launched at the Papum Pare, East Siang and Tirap districts including the Itanagar Capital Region.
Among others, health minister Libang, advisor to health minister Goruk Pordung, principal secretary (Health) Dr Sharat Chauhan and commissioner to chief minister Sonam Chombay attended the meeting.