‘Tobacco-related diseases  claim 7-mn lives annually’

Indore : “Recently, the Union Government has increased tax on all tobacco products by 12% to 70% as the step against tobacco and cancer. Due to this, the State Government will generate enough funds in next five years to establish 12 institutes like All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),” Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of indigenously made linear accelerator Siddhartha-III at Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, Indore Cancer Foundation here, on Tuesday.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that more than 11 million people became victim of tobacco. “More than 7 million people are dying in our country every year due to tobacco related diseases and the percentage of patients in Madhya Pradesh is 6.06%.

In two hours of this programme, almost 1200 people would have died of tobacco and its allied products.”

“I am an ENT surgeon and I have seen all the problems due to cancer very closely. During my 31 year career, I have never missed my clinic and my practice,” he said.

He hailed the initiative of the Madhya Pradesh Government to ban tobacco-laced Gutkha pouches in the State, which was later adopted by other states too.

“I had written to World Health Organization about the initiative of MP Government and requested the International body to take the initiative worldwide. I congratulate the Electronics Department of Union Government that they have developed a world class treatment facility as Siddhartha-III and Indore Cancer Foundation’s Dr Digpal Dharkar, who has been running a movement against the disease for a long time,” the Union Health Minister said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan dedicated the machine to the nation and congratulated Dr Dharkar and other trustees of Indore Cancer Foundation.

Chairman, Department of Head and Neck Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York Dr Jatin P Shah, Member of Parliament Jyotiraditya Scindia and Chairman of Nargis Dutt Foundation Priya Dutt also congratulated Indore Cancer Foundation for Siddhartha-III.

Docs taking commission from diagnostic centre

While addressing the programme, organized by the Indian Medical Association, Dr Harsh Vardhan said that it is shameful that some doctors were taking commission from private diagnostic centers. However, he also appreciated the efforts of the doctors to make the country polio-free.

He also appreciated the anti-tobacco activities run by IMA, MP and released the organ donation stickers made by IMA, MP

Dr Harsh Vardhan visits MY Hospital

After chairing a meeting with State-level officials and MGM Medical College administration over the issue of developing a Super Specialty Centre in MY Hospital, Dr Harsh Vardhan also visited the hospital. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan,Principal Secretary of Medical Education Department Ajay Tirkey, Divisional Commissioner Sanjay Dubey, Collector Akash Tripathi and others were also present in the meeting where members requested to develop a centre to provide better facilities to the poor. After visiting the hospital, the Union Health Minister sough a proposal in this regard and assured to work on it.

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