Nagaland among India’s top 3 cancer hit states: DONER
KOHIMA: Incidence of cancer has been rising alarmingly in the hilly north-eastern region of India, almost half the cases can be traced to consumption of tobacco products.
In a telling remark on the need for stricter policy measures and health reforms, the ministry of Development of North East India (DoNER) has said that the prevalence of cancer is highest in the country among the North-Eastern States.
According to experts, Nagaland is among the top three states in the country with the highest number of cancer cases in India.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh announced a set of super-specialty courses for doctors from the eight north-eastern states.
The program will include provision for Doctor of Medicine (DM) and Master of Chirurgiae (Mch) courses in medical institutions outside northeast as well as option of short duration training up to six months in super-specialty.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that the decision to make a beginning with super-specialty training in Oncology was prompted by the statistical figures which indicated that the prevalence of cancer is highest in the country among the North-Eastern States, with Mizoram, Nagaland and Meghalaya among the first three states with highest cancer prevalence, predominantly the cancer of head and neck.
In addition, Dr Jitendra Singh said, other non-communicable diseases like Diabetes and heart attack have also shown upsurge in the North-Eastern region. For this, he said, the DoNER Ministry has sought the collaboration of the Union Ministry of Health for their support through programmes meant for control of non-communicable diseases and at the same time, corporate hospitals have also been asked to come forward.
The representatives of the Apollo chain of Hospitals, who attended the meeting, were asked by Dr Jitendra Singh to immediately start diabetes clinics and Apollo OPDs in the northeast for which accommodation can be provided to them.