Gardhiwala (Hoshiarpur), October 5
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad today announced a tertiary cancer hospital for Hoshiarpur. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 45 crore.
Announcing this after inaugurating the district-level ‘Arogya Health Fair’ here, Azad asked the local administration to scout for a suitable plot for the project.
“We want the hospital to come up at a place that is easily approachable. As cancer treatment lasts long, an inn will also be built for the convenience of the patients’ relatives,” he said.
Azad said one more cancer hospital would come up in the state. “The location of the second hospital will be decided after discussions with the Punjab Government and Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal,” he said.
The Union Minister said over the past nine years, the Centre had allocated over Rs 1 lakh crore for 55,000 health centres in rural areas across the country. “Half of these have been completed while the rest will also become functional soon”, he said.
Azad said the Union Health Ministry had also initiated a pilot project for the detection of patients suffering from diabetes, cancer and heart diseases in 100 districts all over the country. “Gurdaspur, Hoshiarpur and Bathinda districts figure in this pilot project. One more pilot project for elderly care is in the pipeline and Hoshiarpur will be covered in that too,” he said.
Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Santosh Chaudhary, who represents Hoshiarpur parliamentary constituency, asked Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani, who was also present at the fair, to furnish details about the utilisation of health funds allocated by the Centre. She said doing so was a must for clearance to new central projects for Punjab.
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