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6,000 cancer cases expected

The biggest makeshift hospital is coming to the cancer-ridden district, even though for only two days. The services of nearly 500 doctors and more than 600 nurses, covering almost all specialties, will be available free of cost to patients under one roof during the mega medical camp this weekend (November 3 and 4) at the district sports stadium here.

punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2012 20:47 IST
Bharat Khanna

The biggest makeshift hospital is coming to the cancer-ridden district, even though for only two days.


The services of nearly 500 doctors and more than 600 nurses, covering almost all specialties, will be available free of cost to patients under one roof during the mega medical camp this weekend (November 3 and 4) at the district sports stadium here. The district with no ultrasound-scan machine in any of its government hospitals will have 12 at the camp alone.

Short of staff perpetually, even in the district's government hospital never had so big a gathering of medical experts. Planning to focus on cancer at the camp, the district health authorities have provided oncologists with a special chamber. The 12 cancer specialists will include doctors from Christian Medical College (CMC), Ludhiana; Max Hospital; and the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. "We expect to come across more than 6,000 suspected cases of cancer at the camp," said civil surgeon Dr BS Sahota.

On September 23, a similar camp was organised at Badal, native village of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal. There, 500 doctors from across the country examined more than 17,000 patients free of cost. The weekend's camp is in the Bathinda parliamentary constituency of the CM's daughter-in-law, Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

KJS Cheema, special secretary to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, was here on Thursday to review preparations for the mega medical camp in Mansa. The poor look forward to the camp. "We have prepared 57 chambers and 20 teams of doctors," said deputy commissioner Amit Dhaka. "Nearly 100 volunteers from different non-government organistions and youth clubs of the district have the task of providing patients with information. The central control room, stretchers, 25 wheelchairs, and 25 ambulances are ready."

Civil surgeon Dr BS Sahota was satisfied with the preparations. "We expect more than 20,000 patients to visit the camp," he said. "The registered medical practitioners, panches and sarpanches will also bring patients to the facility. Cancer patients will receive free-of-cost medicine on the spot, and the state government will do their follow-up examination and treatment."