The government will set up 20 new advanced cancer treatment facilities across India over the next few years to meet the rising burden of the disease, said union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday.
The minister said that for Madhya Pradesh, the Centre has planned a new State Cancer Institute (SCI), along with two Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCC).
He said the three facilities planned for Madhya Pradesh will be set up at the Vidisha district hospital, GR Medical College in Gwalior, and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur.
"Annually 11 lakh new cases of cancer are detected in India. Of them, about 6.06 percent are in Madhya Pradesh, "said Dr Vardhan.
The union health minister was speaking at the inauguration of an indigenously developed Linear Accelerator at the Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, a project of the Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust
The minister said the government will also set up 20 SCIs across the country.
"In all, 50 such institutes are planned in the country over the long term."
"A new scheme called the 'National Health Assurance' is being worked out to provide medical benefits to the people," said Dr Vardhan, announcing a new health assurance scheme, which will also include an insurance cover.
"An insurance scheme will also be introduced under this scheme, in which the premium of the economically poor will be filed by the government."