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Free surgery for breast cancer to be held at JP

M Poornima, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, February 18, 2013
First Published: 14:36 IST(18/2/2013) | Last Updated: 14:41 IST(18/2/2013)

Surgeries of all the breast cancer patients identified from more than six nearby districts of Bhopal would be conducted free at JP Hospital from next month.

Secretary of Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust Dr Digpal Dharkar and his team would conduct the surgeries.Collector Bhopal, Nikunj Shrivastava, Dr Dharkar and his team visited JP Hospital on Saturday to examine the facilities. They inspected the operation theatre and wards. Dharkar also inspected the post- operative care facilities available in the hospital.

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Superintendent of JP Hospital Dr Veena Sinha said patients identified from nearby districts like Vidisha, Rajgarh, Sehore etc would be operated upon in the hospital for which the schedule would be fixed soon. She said 10-15 surgeries would be conducted by Dharkar and his team daily and each surgery will take up to 90 minutes.

Dharkar approved the operation theatre and appreciated the facilities available at the hospital. Dharkar and his team would carry out 40-45 surgeries at JP Hospital in the duration of three days next month. The surgeries would be free of cost; the state government would bear all the expenses. Dharkar said he would not charge for the surgeries of those patients who held below poverty line (BPL) card. He would also organise a training session for the nurses and doctors of JP Hospital so that they could assist him in the surgeries.

The health department has prepared a four-pronged work plan to identify patients of oral, breast and cervical cancer in the state.

Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) and male and female Multipurpose Health Workers ( MHW) identified suspected cancer patients by conducting door-to- door survey in villages from January 15 to January 22. Later, these patients were referred to the district cancer camp by the sector doctors, where specialists examined the patients. The patients short-listed by sector doctors would be referred to district hospitals or nearby civil hospitals for surgery.


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