Manipur’s health and family welfare minister L. Jayentakumar Friday said the Center has given nod to set up a cancer treatment unit at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) hospital, according to a report in Nagaland Post.
According to the report, Mr. Jayenta told the State Assembly that a Japan based company was ready to invest in setting up the unit and also in the infrastructural development in health sector mainly kidney transplant, neurology, neurosurgery, endocrinology, gastroenterology etc.
Recently, experts in the field have predicted a high rate of prevalence of oral cancer cases in Manipur by the next decade or two if the trend of consuming tobacco products continues.
Pointing out that consumption of tobacco and tobacco-related products was one of the main causes of cancer in the state, the health minister stressed the need for awareness among the masses about the phenomenal rise in the prevalence of cancer.
Keeping this in mind, state health department in association with NGOs and cancer experts have started a campaign in the state to create awareness about the dangers of tobacco consumption, the minister added.
Mr. Jayenta also informed the House that Rs 187.95 crore was allocated to the state from Union ministry of health and family welfare during the current financial year under National Rural Health Mission.
He added that Rs 73.27 crore has been released in the first installment and is utilized for infrastructure development, salary payment among others.