The ambitious cancer registry programme of Punjab has been hit badly due to non-cooperation by private laboratories, diagnostic centres and hospitals that do not send data to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Sources said here on Friday that the ICMR has received only one-third information and the private institutions are withholding the remaining for their vested interests. Senior official of the Population-Based Cancer Registries (PBCR), Punjab, Manjeet Singh Bal has confirmed that ICMR has received barely 40% information of cancer patients. He admitted that many private institutions situated in remote areas of Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur, Ferozepur and Patiala districts have not reported details of cancer patients.
He stressed the need to highlight the data to create more awareness among medical professionals. "Data compiled is being sent online to the ICMR in Bangalore regularly where they are also getting data from the rest of the country. New data being made available, after the state government finally initiated steps to facilitate an accurate Cancer Atlas, is throwing up new patterns of the deadly disease among people."
So far, the department of pathology, Government Medical College, Patiala has registered only 3,900 cancer patients from across the state in the past three years, he added.
The project officer of National Cancer Registry Programme of ICMR, Bangalore, Dr A Nandakumar has asked the Punjab government to call the meeting of health officials who have been regulating private diagnostic laboratories and hospitals in the state.