By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, April 16, 2018:
Health and Family Welfare Minister, AL Hek told the Assembly today that the total number of 8338 cancer patients were registered in the Cancer Department of Shillong Civil Hospital between 2010 to 2017 even as he informed that upto March this year, 192 cancer patients have been registered.
“Out of the total number of cancer patients, 8338 patients 5291 were males and 3047 were females,” Hek said while replying to a motion on treatment of cancer patients in the Shillong Civil Hospital brought by East Shillong legislator, Ampareen Lyngdoh.
The Health and Family Welfare Minister told the House that Meghalaya ranks fourth in terms of the highest number of cancer patients after Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
“The existing Civil Hospital could no longer accommodate more patients due to the rapid growth of cancer patients in the state,” Hek said.
With the increase of patients in mind, the state government signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Atomic Energy to set up a cancer wing at the Shillong Civil Hospital.
The construction of the building was sanctioned in 2008 at a cost of Rs 26, 16, 29, 780 and is near completion. The state Health Minister hoped that this cancer wing having the state-of-the-art-equipments will be commissioned soon for the benefit of the patients.
The Health Minister also informed that the number of patients treated with Radiation Therapy from 2012 till March 2018 are 3041 with 2002 males and 1039 females.
Hek also informed the House that besides radiation therapy, patients are also provided with chemotherapy as per indication.
He, however, told the House that all patients have to purchase chemotherapy drugs from their own expenses and those covered under Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) payment is as per the rules.
The Health Minister told the Meghalaya Assembly that under MHIS-I, the total number of patients who have benefited after being treated at Shillong Civil Hospital are 993 and the amount expended is Rs 50, 96, 875.
Hek also informed that under MHIS-II, the total number of cancer patients who have benefited is 523 and the amount expended is Rs 52, 64, 685.
“Under MHIS-III, the total number of patients who have benefited till date is 298 and the total amount expended so far is Rs 16, 86, 978,” Hek told the House.