GB Nagar: Health department to start cancer OPDs at community health centres
The health department of Gautam Budh Nagar has started preparations for initiating OPDs at its centres to minimise the cases of the incurable cancer disease at Noida and Greater Noida. The OPDs will initially focus on screening the people suffering from mouth and neck cancer. This facility will be started in 4 sectors from August.
At present, the facility of cancer screening is available at National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research at Sector-39. It is not available in other government hospitals. However, the screening and treatment of cancer are available at the private hospitals in Noida but it is very expensive. People belonging to lower and middle class cannot afford to get treatment at private hospitals.
Now, the screening and treatment of cancer will be available at many community health centres in Noida and Greater Noida. As of now, if any patient is detected with cancer at the district hospital, they are referred to National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research at Sector-39.
With the help of National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, the health department also put up check-up camps in the district from time to time.
Chief Medical Officer, Anurag Bhargava, said, “To help the patients, cancer OPDs will be started at different community health centres. The health department of the district is planning to start this facility from August 2018. We will also take help from National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research.”
Bhargava informed, “The facility of OPD will be initially available on two days of the week. If it becomes successful, then we will also think about making the OPD available on other days of the week. If cancer is detected in any patient then he/she will be referred to bigger government hospitals.”
The CMO also said that the facility of cancer OPD will be initially available at four of the centres in the district including Bhangel, Badalpur, Dadha and Dadri. He added that they will further think about starting cancer OPDs at other centres as well.