Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Saturday sought status report from state government with regard to work progress on State Cancer Institute.
The court directed Chief Secretary of the State and Director SKIMS to file status report indicating the cost of construction on new block for treatment of cancer patients, the time frame fixed for completion of construction, amount earmarked, number of operation theatres in the institute especially for surgery of cancer patients, number of therapy centres in place and number of general wards, payment wards and VIP wards in the Institute.
The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura remarked that cancer patients should not be made to suffer more.
“To save lives, there is an apt need of cancer institute and I hope that government will take it seriously and will finish all the required formalities immediately,” Justice Sudhakar said.
The litigation states that over the years there has been drastic increase in the number of malignancies cases in the state of J&K. To cater to the needs of growing population with growing cancer cases, “State Cancer Institute” an exclusive center for cancer patients was proposed by the state government with the assistance of Central Government. Presently there is long list of cancer patient waiting for their turn to be operated, unfortunately there are only two days assigned for cancer surgeries in the SKIMS as a result of which either patients die in the wait-list or the cancer has already done an irreparable damage to their bodies.