Hospitals nearer house, no extra rush on ‘most cancers prepare’

Hospitals nearer house, no extra rush on ‘most cancers prepare’

Tribune Information Service

Sameer Singh

Bathinda, September 19

The Abohar-Jodhpur Categorical, infamously dubbed because the “most cancers prepare”, could quickly shed its tag as a result of the variety of most cancers sufferers travelling from Malwa to Bikaner, Rajasthan, for remedy has nosedived over the previous few years.

Cause: a number of most cancers hospitals, each authorities and personal, have come up within the area.

To call a couple of, the Superior Most cancers Institute-cum-Hospital, Bathinda; Authorities Medical Faculty and Hospital, Faridkot; All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bathinda; and Homi Bhabha Most cancers Hospital and Analysis Centre, Sangrur, are catering to most cancers sufferers.

Round six years in the past, 80 to 100 most cancers sufferers travelled by the Abohar-Jodhpur Categorical for Acharya Tulsi Regional Most cancers Hospital and Analysis Centre, Bikaner, day by day. The quantity has now come down to fifteen to 25 sufferers.

Sukhpal Singh, who works for NGOs Sukh Sewa Society and the World Most cancers Care Charitable Society, stated: “Round 5 years in the past, greater than 100 sufferers travelled by the ‘most cancers prepare’ each day. We used to distribute 250 to 300 packets of meals amongst sufferers and members of their households. Now, we distribute no more than 70 packets. On some days, about 20 to 25 sufferers are aboard the prepare and there are days, when there are solely 10.”

The value for a one-way ticket is Rs 210, however most cancers sufferers have the ability to journey freed from value.

“Six years in the past, there was hardly any well-equipped authorities most cancers hospital within the area and remedy value in non-public ones was excessive. So, sufferers, principally from rural areas, most well-liked visiting the Bikaner hospital. The remedy was cheaper there… Why journey 650 km (backward and forward from Bikaner) when the remedy is obtainable nearer house now?” stated the NGO volunteer.

A senior railway official stated, “After the chemotherapy, traversing an extended distance again house in excessive climate situations is tough for sufferers. Earlier, they didn’t have a alternative. Now, a number of well being amenities have come up close to their house. Up to now seven years, there was a fall of 85 per cent within the occupancy by most cancers sufferers.”

Well being amenities in Malwa have seen an inflow of sufferers. For instance, 82,000 sufferers availed of remedy on the Superior Most cancers Institute-cum-Hospital in Bathinda final yr.

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