Bhubaneswar: A meeting on formulation of a road map for providing comprehensive Cancer Care was chaired by Arti Ahuja, Principal Secretary of Health Department at the Odisha State Medical Corporation Conference Hall here.
Ms. Ahuja has instructed to develop a comprehensive plan including all above areas of intervention in a much holistic manner by involving experts from different sectors.
Discussions on preparation of a comprehensive action plan for mitigating the fatal disease was laid out during the meeting. Issues on cancer awareness among public, early detection through screening, strengthening of health institutions like DHH, Medical Colleges & hospital and AHRCC, Cuttack for handing the diagnosis were discussed.
Apart from districts like Koraput, Nawarangpur, Sundargarh, Bargath, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Kandhamal and Capital Hospital where at present chemotherapy is available eight other districts have been selected for extending the treatment on the disease. At the same time, palliative care service including pain management will be provided through these centres. The Doctors & Staff Nurses will be trained for this service. AHRCC, Cuttack has been identified as nodal centre for all types of training and development of technical protocol and good Management information system.
Cancer has emerged as a big public health challenge. Every year nearly 40 to 60 thousand new cancer patients are being detected in various territory cancer care health facilities in the State. It is estimated there are two to three lakh cases of surviving cancer patients. It has been observed that 70 – 80 % of cases are being detected as State III or IV, when treatment becomes very costly and survival rate is very low. Further, it has been observed 20-30% of cases, who are surviving need palliative care. But, the State has got practically one or two centre for palliative care.