SHILLONG, April 23: Doctors of the North East Region (NER) will now be able to take up short term courses on cancer medication and surgery which will be completely funded by the DoNER Ministry.
This was informed by the Union Minister of State, independent charge for Development of North East Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh on Saturday.
SR. Singh made the announcement while addressing the inaugural function of the Pink Chain Cancer Campaign, 2016 at the North Eastern Council (NEC) auditorium here.
“We have started short-term courses in cancer medicines and cancer surgery for doctors from the different NE states considering that we are cautious of the high prevalence of this problem,” Dr Singh said.
He also informed that the NER and the country as a whole have seen a surge of major non – communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart attack which often relate to lifestyle and eating habits.
In an effort to address the problem of prevalence of cancer in the NER, Dr. Singh said that the six-month course is being initiated by the Ministry of DoNER in collaboration with the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai with an aim to empower doctors with more expertise to help cancer patients.
Dr. Singh also informed that doctors from Mizoram and Manipur have already started undergoing training since January this year while urging the doctors from other states to make full use of this programme. In this regard, he urged the Health Minister of Meghalaya and others states to send their doctors for the short term course.
Asserting there is no financial implication involved for the programme, Dr Singh said, “You only have to select one or two physicians or surgeons and we will sent them free of cost…you just have to give them study leave for six months.”
He however suggested that senior doctors with at least 15 years of service are given preference while selecting who will take part in these short term courses.
Meanwhile, Dr. Singh also informed that the Ministry is going to supplement the Baruah Institute in Guwahati with more courses on cancer medicines and cancer surgery.
“We have tried to rope in the Tata Memorial Cancer Institute to initiate these courses and we are trying our best to have the first academic session started this year itself if all formalities are complete,” he said.
Dr. Singh also said that the aim of the Pink Chain Cancer Campaign is to bring about a day when there are no more cancer cases in the NER. As such, he said that the campaign, in time will be taken to other states of the region.
“I wish the people and elected representative from this place to have the privilege of coming forward and say no we don’t require this campaign as we don’t have cancer cases here,” he said.