Can­cer reg­istry cen­tres open at Shi­rol and Karveer talukas

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There was wide­spread fear af­ter re­ports be­gan cir­cu­lat­ing about the high­est num­ber of can­cer pa­tients reg­is­tered in Shi­rol taluka of Kol­ha­pur.

Tak­ing cog­ni­sance of this de­vel­op­ment, the state gov­ern­ment has set up can­cer reg­istry cen­tres in Karveer and Shi­rol talukas. These cen­tres will be the first of their kind in West­ern Ma­harah­stra.

Those pa­tients who will be reg­is­tered in these cen­tres will be el­i­gi­ble for treat­ment at the Tata Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal. The Prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary of pub­lic health sec­re­tary is head­ing a com­mit­tee that has ad­dressed this is­sue. The com­mit­tee mem­bers will co­or­di­nate with the hos­pi­tal and pa­tients and en­sure that ap­pro­pri­ate medicines are given.

These cen­tres will help de­ter­mine the ex­act num­ber of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from can­cer. A Marathi TV chan­nel, ABP Ma­jha had tele­cast a spe­cial on the ris­ing num­bers of can­cer-af­flicted in Shi­rol taluka. The main rea­son at­trib­uted for this rise in can­cer pa­tients is be­cause, Shi­rol, a vast plain area has been largely af­fected by salin­i­sa­tion and high use of pes­ti­cides. Swab­hi­mani Shetkari Sang­hatana had first al­leged that Shi­rol had the high­est in­ci­dents of can­cer. Many had out­right re­jected this claim. Now that the reg­istry cen­tres have been set up, the state will de­ter­mine the ex­act num­ber of can­cer-af­flicted peo­ple.

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