New Delhi: Cancer cases are rising in India, the Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar stated in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today. She said under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NP-NCD), 724 District NCD Clinics, 326 District Day Care Centres, and 6110 Community Health Center NCD Clinics have been set up in the country.
The Minister referred to the Indian Council of Medical Research – National Cancer Registry Programme (ICMR-NCRP), figures which estimated the numbers of incidences and mortalities of cancer cases in the country from 2020 to 2022 for the last three years.
The ICMR-NRCP figures are as follows:
The estimated number of States/Union Territories-wise incidences of cancer cases from 2020 to 2022 are as follows:
The estimated number of State/Union Territories-wise mortalities of cancer cases from 2020 to 2022 are as follows:
The Minister said a population-based initiative for prevention, control and screening for common NCDs such as diabetes, hypertension and common cancers has been rolled out in the country under National Health Mission and also as a part of Comprehensive Primary Health Care. Under the initiative, persons more than 30 years of age are targeted for their screening for the three common cancers – oral, breast and cervical. Screening of these common cancers is an integral part of service delivery under Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres.
Under Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), health insurance cover of Rs. 5 lakhs per family per year for secondary or tertiary care hospitalization to over 60 crores beneficiaries is provided. The Minister claimed quality generic medicines are made available at affordable prices to all, under Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) in collaboration with the State Governments. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment (AMRIT) Pharmacy stores have been set up in some hospitals/institutions, with an objective to make available Cancer drugs at a substantial discount vis-à-vis the Maximum Retail Price, she said.
“The treatment packages under AB-PMJAY are very comprehensive covering various treatment-related aspects such as drugs and diagnostic services,” the Minister claimed. She further informed that financial assistance upto a maximum of Rs. 1,25,000 is provided under Health Minister’s Discretionary Grant (HMDG) to defray a part of the treatment cost and the maximum financial assistance provided under the Umbrella Scheme of Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi (RAN) is Rs. 15 lakhs.
– global bihari bureau