Raipur, October 4: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh today flagged-off 'Cancer diagnosis Ambulance' at his official residence. The vehicle is fitted with ultra-advanced equipment to detect cancer. The patients will be treated free-of-cost.
Dr. Raman Singh said that the ultra-modern ambulance will fulfill the need for detecting cancer patients in far-flung regions of the State which are lacking in adequate medical facilities. It will make easier for treating the patients in the preliminary stages itself.
He expressed his best wishes to the members of the Marwari Samaj for such a noble gesture. The delegation members said that the ambulance had already toured 17 states and Chhattisgarh is the 18th State. The ambulance will tour the capital and entire State during the next 45 days.
At present, doctors say survival rate for most cancers stagnates at 20% because a majority of the patients come when the disease is already in the advanced, or III and IV, stages.
Notably, Cancer cases as well as mortality are increasing rapidly among Indian women, primarily because of low awareness and late detection. India accounts for the third highest number of cancer cases among women after China and the US, growing annually at 4.5-5%, new data shows.