Union health minister reiterates its commitment to implement NPCDCS

Union health minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey reiterated government’s commitment to implement National Programme for Prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke (NPCDCS), with focus on strengthening infrastructure.

It stated that the government will also renew its focus for human resource development, health promotion and awareness generation, early diagnosis, management and referral to an appropriate level institution for effective treatment.

Choubey stated that to tackle the challenge of non communicable diseases (NCD), including cancer, 616 NCD clinics at district level and 3,827 NCD clinics at community health centre level have been set up under NPCDCS.

Population level initiative has also been taken up for prevention, control and screening for common NCDs (diabetes, hypertension and common cancers such as oral, breast and cervical cancer has also been rolled out under the National Health Mission (NHM) in over 215 districts.

To enhance the facilities for tertiary care of cancer, the central government is also implementing strengthening of tertiary care for cancer scheme, under which setting up of 19 state cancer institutes and 20 tertiary care cancer centres have been approved.

Government has also taken several measures to discourage the use of tobacco products, which is one of the key risk factors of cancer, besides initiative to promote healthy lifestyles through healthy eating and regular physical activity.

"Further, oncology is one of the focus areas in case of new AIIMS and many upgraded institutions under Pradhan MantriSwasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). Setting up of National Cancer Institute at Jhajjar in Haryana and strengthening of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata are also steps in the same direction. Screening of common NCDs including three common cancers such as oral, breast and cervical is also an integral part of service delivery under Ayushman Bharat health and wellness centres," he stated.

Cancer is diagnosed and treated at various levels in the health care system. In government hospitals, treatment is either free or highly subsidised. Treatment of cancers is also available under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY).



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