The two-day cancer screening camp at Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital here concluded on Sunday, with only 450 suspected patients registering on Day 2.
On the first day, only 750 people registered themselves in the free screening camp organised for those found suspected for cancer during the month-long mass cancer survey-cum-awareness campaign in January this year.
Experts from Rajindra Hospital and oncologists from a private cancer care hospital conducted several tests finalise a diagnosis.
The health department is yet to compile final reports of the suspected patients.
On Sunday, the hospital premises gave a deserted look after 12pm as very few patients could be seen at the registration stall and outside the cabins of specialists, which were surrounded by crowds yesterday.
A health department official said that though auxiliary nurse midwives (ANM), Asha workers and other medical staff had brought suspected patients from their respective blocks to the camp for final examination, it did not match the expectations of the department.
“We were expecting more than 5,000 registrations but only around 1,200 people registered by the end of the day,” an official said, demanding anonymity.
An official said, “It was the responsibility of people with suspected cancer to approach the camp, as medical staff assigned to bring them to camp could not force them to come along.”
District health officer Harish Malhotra said the reports of clinical tests would be compiled on Monday to get the total number of cancer cases, who would get `1.5 lakh for treatment under the
Chief Minister Cancer Relief Fund.
More than 1,400 cases registered in Sangrur
Sangrur: Around 720 people registered at the screening camp at civil hospital on Sunday. Civil surgeon Subodh Gupta said that of the 1,420 persons screened during the two-day camp, 183 cases were found to be positive. Of the total positive cases, 139 cases were already getting treatment for various types of cancer, he added.