Life of 690 suspected cancer patients has gone haywire owing to mounting anxiety with every passing day since the day their wards were screened for cancer and were placed under the suspected category - but the reports to confirm their specific cases has not been delivered to them even after a month.
The mega camp was conducted by the Punjab government in association with Max Healthcare.
While the health department officials passed the buck on to Max Healthcare for inordinate delay, the Max Healthcare authorities maintained that they had to examine screening reports from 22 districts that was time consuming.
Spokesperson of Max Healthcare Jolly Ahuja said, “It will take time to compile the data of 22 districts, as the analysis is still on.”
A state-wide survey - held from December 1 to 31 - found as many as 6,936 cancer suspects in Patiala district. However, during the September camp only 1,146 suspected patients reported for screening.
Out of 1,146, 46 were confirmed cancer patients while 690 were put under suspected category and 410 were tested negative. During the camp, doctors and oncologists from Rajinder medical college and Max Healthcare conducted several tests on the suspected cases to diagnose cancer.
However, the health department officials held delay in organising the camp as main reason behind lower than the expected turn out of the cancer suspects.
The camp was held after nine months of the survey, said officials, by the time most of cancer suspects had already started their treatments.
Official added that it was the responsibility of the suspected patients to approach the camp, as medical staff could not force them to come along.
Under the Chief Minister's Cancer Relief Fund Scheme persons found positive to cancer will be given Rs 1.5 lakh for their treatment.
Meanwhile, insensitivity on part of the Punjab government has added to the woes of suspected cancer patients and their family members.
With inordinate delay in confirmation, every passing day has been becoming unbearable for the suspected patients and their family.
With their anxiety mounting, they are keeping their fingers crossed hoping everything will be fine.
A state-wide survey in 2012 finds 6,936 cancer suspects in Patiala district
Only 1,146 turn up for screening at a camp Government Medical College on Sept 28-29
Cancer suspects 690
Cancer positive 46
Tested negative 410
Cancer suspects are yet to get report; health department blames it on Max Healthcare - which says it will take time, as they have to deal with screening reports of 22 districts
Cancer positive persons to get Rs 1.5 lakh for treatment from the Chief Minister's Cancer Relief Fund