- A special cancer ward will be created for the children who are suffering from cancer in Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.
- The ward will be created keeping in mind the rising cases of cancer among the children.
- Sir JJ Group of Hospitals is collaborating with a private NGO which works in cancer care to build the ward.
According to doctors, the ward will be built to facilitate cancer screening and early detection of cancer among the children. Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospital has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an NGO ‘Cankids’ National Society of Change Childhood Cancer.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Joint Director, Mukund Marwa of ‘CanKids,’ said, “A number of times, it has been seen that detection of cancer cases among the children happen very late. Early detection and treatment play a very important life. Each and every hospital should have a cancer care unit. Aiming this we have signed an MOU with Sir JJ Group of hospitals. We will also be working to boost cancer research as well.”
Dr Prakash Wakode, additional director, Directorate of Medical Education, said, “Most of the cancer cases among children are of leukaemia. This unit will surely prove to be a boon for the patients.”
Cancer cases and deaths in Maharashtra have gone up by 11,306 and 5,727, respectively, a collective increase of around 8%, in the past three years, a recent survey shows.
The data by the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research-National Cancer Registry Programme (NCDIR-NCRP) was recently presented in the Lok Sabha by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, minister of state for health and family welfare.
According to the study, 9% of the total cases of cancer in the country were recorded in Maharashtra.