Medical education minister Taj Mohiuddin on Friday visited the super specialty hospital, Jammu, and inspected the site for the proposed tertiary cancer centre being set up there.
The centre is one among the two tertiary cancer centres being set up under the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in Jammu and Kashmir. The other one is to be set up at SKIMS, Srinagar.
The centre would be set up at a cost of Rs 45 crore, and would have facilities of PET scan and linear accelerator which are used in cancer screening. At present, the patients have to go outside the state due to the lack of such facilities here.
The state has been demanding setting up of a tertiary centre for long, and the approval was given after the state presented a proposal for the same to be funded under NCCP.
"These centres would help in meeting the requirements of cancer-related treatments, and would provide respite to the patients from the expensive treatments," said the minister.
Secretary health and medical education department Gazzanfar Hussain, Jammu Government Medical College principal Shashi Gupta, faculty members and other senior officers accompanied Mohiuddin during the inspection.