Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the central government is planning to set up 20 state cancer institutes and 50 tertiary care cancer centers in different parts of the country. Participating at an event in Adyar Cancer Institute, Modi said, proposals can be approved for eligible institutions up to 45 crore for setting up of tertiary care cancer center and up to 120 crore for setting up of state cancer institute. Proposals for setting up 15 state cancer institutes and 20 tertiary care cancer centers have been approved so far, reminding 14 All India Institutes of Medical Sciences are being set up with focus on oncology. Under Swasthya Suraksha Yojana, eight existing institutions are being upgraded with provision of oncology services. Under the comprehensive primary healthcare aspect of Ayushman Bharat, preventive and curative services are provided to people near their homes.

We have initiated population-based prevention, control, screening, and management of common non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hyper-tension, and common cancers, Modi said. He called upon non-government organizations and private sector to prevent, control, and manage diseases like cancer. The Prime Minister hailed the achievements of Adyar Cancer Institute headed by Dr V Shanta, a voluntary charitable institution founded by a group of women social workers under the leadership of late Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy.  – TOI

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