Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has said that cancer is a worldwide problem and it is the media which is creating a hype over it in Punjab.
When asked about the sufferings of residents of Mari Mustfa village in Moga, where more than 100 people have died of cancer, the chief minister said, “Cancer is a worldwide problem. It exists in the US also and they have been suffering from cancer more than any other country. More people die in the United States of cancer than in Punjab. It is the media which is creating hype over it.”
“No one has been able to find out how it spreads. The US is cleaner than our country, even then it is afflicted with cancer,” said Badal.
He was here to hold Sangat Darshan programmes in various villages of Muktsar district on Saturday.
At the same time, the chief minister said that the state government was making allout efforts for eradicating the menace of cancer from the state, adding that the setting up of the Homi Bhabha Cancer Treatment and Research Centre at Mullanpur (New Chandigarh) was a right step in this direction.
Badal said that the state government has already made elaborate arrangements to provide the state-of-the-art treatment to the patients afflicted with cancer in the government medical hospitals at Amritsar, Patiala and Faridkot besides the upcoming ultra-modern cancer treatment centres in Bathinda and Sangrur.
He further said that the state government had also initiated a cashless treatment scheme for cancer patients, besides making efforts to provide subsidised medicines to them.
Badal said that the state government has taken several initiatives like curbing the drug peddling and opening drug deaddiction and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts across the state, but all these efforts would fructify only with the active support of the public.
“The need of the hour is that the government and the public must resolve to eliminate the menace of drugs from the state,” he added.