Fight against cancer isn't a lone battle. To run its fight-back programme more smoothly, the Punjab government has issued fresh instruction to the health department in each district. Under the chief minister's cancer relief fund scheme, now even private hospitals of the state will receive the government's help for the treatment of poor patients.
Private hospitals as well will support the government's mission to fight cancer. The cancer hospital at Bikaner in Rajasthan is among the private medical institutions supporting the state government campaign.
Under the new rules, the names of all deserving cancer patients seeking help for treatment should reach the director of family and welfare department in seven days.
The deputy commissioner or civil surgeon can certify whether the seeker is needy or not. Amit Dhaka, deputy commissioner of Mansa, had confirmed issuing fresh instructions to officers in his district.
"Besides helping the government hospitals, the government now will also sanction money for the treatment of patients under private care," said Dhaka. "The payment will never be in cash. It will go to the hospital directly. The state government will do everything to support patients who, for financial reasons, are unable to carry on treatment." HTC