State Cancer Institutes- The Indian government has approved the setting up of 19 State Cancer Institutes (SCIs) and 20 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs) across the country to enhance tertiary cancer care facilities.
As part of their National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS), National Health Mission (NHM), Department of Health & Family Welfare is implementing “Strengthening of Tertiary Cancer Care Centres Facilities Scheme” to assist States/UTs in setting up these institutes under National Programme for Prevention & Controlling Cancer Diabetes Cardiovascular Diseases Stroke (NPCDCS).
Under the National Patient Countdown Clinic System (NPCDCS), 708 District NCD Clinics, 301 District Day Care Centres and 5671 Community Health Center NCD Clinics have been established with the purpose of strengthening infrastructure, human resource development and health promotion & awareness generation for cancer prevention, early diagnosis & management as well as referral to an appropriate level of healthcare facility for treating noncommunicable diseases including Cancer.
In addition to 19 state Cancer Institutes (SCIs) and 20 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs), there is also an emphasis on oncology within existing and new AIIMS as well as many institutions approved for up-gradation under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY). Examples include the National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar (Haryana), as well as Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute’s second campus in Kolkata – both steps in this direction.
Additionally, the Department of Atomic Energy has established cancer centres in Kharghar, Varanasi (two), Guwahati, Sangrur, Visakhapatnam, New Chandigarh and Muzaffarpur. Furthermore, Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai provides services for cancer care as well.
On the list of approved 19 state Cancer Institutes (SCIs) and 20 Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs) are Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool Medical College and Assam’s Gauhati Medical College & Hospital; Bihar’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences; Delhi’s Lok Nayak Hospital; Gujarat Cancer Research Institute; Goa’s Goa Medical College; Haryana’s Civil Hospital at Ambala Cantt; Himachal Pradesh’s Indira Gandhi Medical College; Jammu and Kashmir’s Sher-i-Kashmir Institute for Medical Sciences; and Karnataka’s Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology (RCC).
In all new AIIMS, including Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Patna, Raipur, Rishikesh Raebareli and Nagpur among others – cancer treatment facilities have been approved by the government. A list of State Govt Medical Colleges which have also been certified for upgradation with cancer treatment capabilities was also released recently.
Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, made this announcement in a written reply to the Lok Sabha. By setting up these institutes, India hopes to boost its efforts against cancer while offering improved healthcare options to those in need.
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