Punjab government on Monday announced to organise 1500 free check up camps throughout the state in collaboration with Roko Cancer Trust London to detect cancer at the early stage so that treatment could be initiated well in time.
The Chief Parliamentary Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Navjot Kaur Sidhu said that the main aim of these camps is to educate people about cancer which in turn will help in curbing this disease to a large extent.
“Punjab government has joined hands with the Roko Cancer Trust London and has taken concerted efforts to not only its timely detection but also to generate awareness amongst the masses,” Sidhu said, adding that as many as 1500 free check up camps will be organized by the government with the assistance of the London Trust and at least 2500 persons will be examined in each camp.
She said that the people once detected with the disease will also be extended adequate medical guidance and the state government will achieve the fixed target of examining the entire state population by 2015.
Expressing concern over the rise in cancerous diseases amongst women, Sidhu said that during the free check up camps women will also be checked thoroughly for breast cancer, oral cancer and cervical cancer so that if required further medical treatment could be pursued in this regard. She also said that people should not be scared of this disease as timely detection and preventive measures could curb this disease from further spreading.
Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Chairperson, Roko Cancer Trust London said that the organization has been working in 27 countries and 19 states of India with a mission to ensure that everybody is diagnostically examined for Cancer so as to treat the disease at the initial stage.
“Till date the organization has already conducted 1700 camps min Punjab so far. To generate awareness regarding Cancer, the Trust would distribute about 1 crore printed material including pamphlets amongst public and about 1 crore self examining gloves would also be made available during the camps,” he said.