Mufti orders hike in allocation of corpus fund to assist poor cancer patients

Mufti orders hike in allocation of corpus fund to assist poor cancer patients

Mufti-SaeedSrinagar, Aug 12 - In order to make expensive medical treatment affordable for people suffering from terminal diseases like cancer, Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today announced substantial hike in the corpus of revolving fund, which was created to help poor patients. The Chief Minister had sanctioned a revolving fund for cancer patients during the District Development Board meeting of Srinagar and announced Rs 1 crore each for S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura and Jammu Medical College respectively so that poor patients can be provided instant financial assistance for treatment. Mr Sayeed, who was speaking at a function organized to flag off 70 ambulances and vaccination vans, procured under National Health Mission (NHM) here today, said with strengthening of tertiary healthcare sector, patients with terminal diseases will get succour as advanced medical treatment will now be available within the state. “It pains me to see that those who require huge amount for cancer treatment are provided meagre financial assistance,” he said while instructing the Health Department to work out modalities for enhancing the corpus of funds. Available figures indicate a global surge in patients with terminal diseases, especially cancer. With SKIMS in the process of setting up a State Cancer Institute with an amount of Rs 120 crore as grant-in-aid received from the Union Health Ministry, it is expected that cancer patients can avail advanced treatment within the state. Expressing concern over brain drain in the health sector, Mr Sayeed said there is dire need to avail services of qualified and specialist doctors in our health institutions.

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