Rs200m to be spent on in­stal­la­tion of Cy­clotron Unit at JPMC

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Timely di­ag­no­sis of Cancer was of ut­most im­por­tance for cure of the same and mak­ing the pa­tient com­pletely healthy. Due to non avail­abil­ity of pet can and cy­clotron at any public sec­tor hospi­tal cancer pa­tients were suf­fer­ing badly.

The ra­tio of deaths in cancer pa­tients was alarm­ingly high as chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion treat­ment also af­fect healthy parts of the body along­side cancer hit por­tions.

Sindh Gover­nor Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan has said this he said while talk­ing to Rick Rip­pen, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of com­pany pro­vid­ing and in­stalling a cy­clotron unit at Jin­nah Post Grad­u­ate Med­i­cal Cen­tre (JPMC) at Gover­nor House. Ad­vi­sor to Gover­nor Sindh Prof. Naushad Ahmed Shaikh and Ai­jaz Mirza were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

He said that this most ad­vanced cy­clotron unit help in iden­ti­fy­ing pre­cise part of the body having cancer af­fected cells.

An amount of Rs.200 mil­lion has been ear­marked for pro­cure­ment and in­stal­la­tion of this unit at JPMC, he added.

He said that due to chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion many com­plex­i­ties are also wit­nessed in pa­tients. It was also very un­for­tu­nate that in ma­jor­ity of cancer pa­tient it is dis­cov­ered at last stage when it be­comes al­most in­cur­able, he added

Gover­nor Sindh fur­ther said that ac­cord­ing to a re­search ev­ery 5th per­son of our pop­u­la­tion is at risk of having some kind of cancer.

The main rea­son of rapid spread of dif­fer­ent types of cancer es­pe­cially in women and chil­dren was un­aware­ness about the dis­ease and pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures about the same, he ob­served

He said health de­part­ment should fo­cus on this and media should be in­volved in short public ser­vice aware­ness mes­sages about the dis­ease as it could in­flu­ence and mo­ti­vate masses more ef­fec­tively.

Rip­pen while in­form­ing Gover­nor Sindh about the Cy­clotron said that it is a state of the art unit which oc­cu­pies very less space and rel­a­tively easy to han­dle and op­er­ate as com­pared with con­ven­tional cy­clotrons. The main feature of this ma­chine is that it work on the prin­ci­ple of dose on de­mand and hence it wastage ra­tio is near to zero, he added

Rip­pen fur­ther in­formed that presently this fa­cil­ity is avail­able only in two hos­pi­tals of pri­vate sec­tor but none of public sec­tor hospi­tal has this unit and by July this year JPMC would be the first public sec­tor health fa­cil­ity to be in pos­ses­sion of this ma­chine.

Res­i­dents of Noor Mo­ham­mad Goth protest­ing against a nti-en­croach­ment op­er­a­tion out­side KPC.—INP

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