On Friday, Punjab health minister Brahm Mohindra said that the Punjab department of health and family welfare has decided to cover all cancer patients up to 18 years of age under its cashless cancer treatment scheme.

Cancer treatment for all below 18 under the cashless treatment scheme

He also said that announcing this during a state level workshop on paediatric oncology stakeholder sensitisation. To every child of the state who has cancer, the government has committed to providing tertiary health services.

To ensure health security, we have commenced the first of its kind special awareness programme. Cancer patients will have given Rs 1.5 lakh for treatment under the Chief Minister Cancer Relief Fund Scheme.

The Focus has only on adult patients earlier. He added that, in India, at least 50,000 new cases of cancer in childhood had detected every year but the mortality rate is very high due to inadequate facilities.

Keeping in view the process of tracking and follow-up of cancer patients at primary and secondary levels, the health department has also imparting specialised training to medical officers, staff nurses and auxiliary nursing midways to conduct tests concerning cancers, especially among children and women in rural areas.

CanKids going to initiate an awareness crusade across the Punjab next week:

At medical colleges, we have already implemented the plan to strengthen facilities in Patiala and Amritsar and other cancer hospitals to provide quality health services to the affected children.

The department of medical education and research also signed a memorandum of understanding with a not for profit organisation, can kids, on occasion, in the presence of Vikas Partap, secretary for medical education, and Poonam Bagai, founder chairman of CanKids.

Across the Punjab next week, CanKids has going to initiate an awareness crusade by first organising a car rally. The department needs more and more screening and awareness programs to cover the total population of the state, the Anjali Bhanwra, principal secretary, health, said.

She had said that the department and CanKids would jointly run the campaign to identify patients and provide and provide easy access to health services.

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