HC takes up scope for increasing cancer operations

HC takes up scope for increasing cancer operations
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SKIMS conducts cancer surgeries two days a week

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Saturday sought report from the authorities on exploring possibilities for carrying out daily surgeries on cancer patients in Srinagar.
Hearing a PIL on the issue of lack of facilities for cancer patients in the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), the division bench of acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura sought a report from the authorities for exploring possibilities for carrying out daily surgeries on cancer patients.
The court made direction after petitioner counsel Syed Musaib informed court that only four surgeries are being performed in Srinagar per week due to the insufficient number of operation theatres.
Musaib also pointed out that due to the insufficient infrastructure, the needs of cancer patients are not being catered to as such. The counsel submitted to court that the authorities be directed to ensure that surgeries are carried out every day in a week.
He also submitted that due to the increasing number of cancer patients, there is a need for more operation theatres so that timely treatment can be given, but unfortunately nothing is being done on the ground.
The court also sought an action-taken report with regard to the construction of operation theatres with a timeline to be indicated, showing how much time it would take for the operation theatres to be constructed.
The court has been informed that there is a long list of cancer patients waiting in queue to get operated on.
The litigation states that over the years there has been a drastic increase in the number of malignancy cases in the state of J&K. To cater to the needs of a growing population of cancer cases, a State Cancer Institute’, an exclusive centre for cancer patients, was proposed by the state government with the assistance of the central government. Presently, there is long list of cancer patients waiting for their turn to be operated on; unfortunately there are only two days assigned for cancer surgeries at SKIMS. Patients either die in the waiting list as a result or the cancer ends up doing an irreparable damage to their bodies.