SHILLONG: Union Minister DoNER Dr Jitendra Singh has called upon the state governments of all the NE states to avail the programmes initiated by the DoNER ministry in relation to medical sciences and applications. Dr Singh informed that the Union government is contemplating to raise the bar in medical sciences in the NE by further supplementing more post doctoral courses in the form of DM in Cancer medicine and MCH in Cancer surgery, the highest degree in medical sciences, from this year at Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati.
“We are also trying to open the Tata Memorial Cancer Institute through National Cancer Institute to initiate these courses. We have tried our best to have the first academic session starting this year itself before all the formalities are done,” said Dr Singh, who is in Shillong to inaugurate the week-long NEC-PINK Chain Cancer Campaign 2016 at NEC auditorium.
He also informed that the ministry has initiated a 6-month course in cancer medicine and cancer surgery for doctors of the NE states with an intention to equip the medical professionals with special experiences to cater to the needs of the people of this region considering the fact that cancer incidences is very high in the region.
Dr Singh informed that the short term course which started in the month of January saw the participation of only a few states in the region even as he mentioned that Manipur and Mizoram is in the forefront.
Urging the state government of Meghalaya to take advantage of this programme, the Union minister called upon the government to grant study leave for 6 months to the doctors and physicians of the state with 15 years of service to avail this benefit which is free of cost. The training, travel, lodging expenses will be borne by the ministry; he said adding that the training will be imparted at R.R Cancer Institute in Chennai.
Earlier, the Union minister informed that responding to the Meghalaya government’s request to have a medical institute in the state, the Union government has advocated the need to go for a PPP mode (Private-public participation) wherein the land acquisition will be arranged by the state government. “Very soon we will process the matter further,” he informed.
Dwelling on the importance of this campaign, Dr Singh said that this campaign needs to percolate right down to the rural areas adding that many con-communicable diseases which was unheard off decades ago, is no longer a diseases limited to the urban areas, but it has now spread even to the rural areas owing to the change in lifestyle, food habits besides others.
In line with this, Dr Singh said that there is a need to change the strategies for health care services. Calling upon the organisers and doctors to lay special emphasis on the need to optimise information imparted to the general public during the campaign, the Union minister said that the campaign should not be of an alarming nature but it should be more of a positive campaign.
“People should be made aware of the early stages of cancer and to inform them that cancer is curable, in order to improve the quality of life,” he said while advocating the need for having a toll-free number during the course of this campaign.