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

Flags off 70 ambulances, vaccination vans under NHM; Says Govt considering opening nursing college in each dist

Jammu and Kashmir News

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 12: In order to make expensive medical treatment affordable for patients suffering from terminal diseases like cancer, Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, today announced substantial hike in allocation under the corpus of revolving fund created for the purpose.

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 SKIMS Soura and Jammu Medical College respectively so that poor patients can be provided instant financial assistance for treatment.

Mufti Sayeed was speaking at a function organized to flag off 70 ambulances and vaccination vans, procured under National Health Mission (NHM), at SKICC, here today.


The Chief Minister 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, Mufti Sayeed said there is dire need to avail services of qualified and specialist doctors in our health institutions. “I have seen infrastructure, but lack of specialist doctors is a matter of grave concern,” he said, while urging the doctors who are serving away from home to come back and serve in the State.

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