SRINAGAR: A workshop on ‘Breast Cancer – Early Detection & Referring to Right Centre’ was organised by National Health Mission, J&K in collaboration with Biocon Ltd, Bangalore and AHA Regional Chapter Jammu, at Hotel Lords INN, Jammu on Saturday.
According to an official statement issued here, Mission Director, NHM, J&K Dr Yashpal Sharma welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the workshop.
He said that breast cancer is the second most common cancer in the world and most frequent cancer in women with an estimate of 25 percent of new cases diagnosed of all cancers every year with an increase in incidence in younger age group also.
There is need of early detection of cancer for which he emphasised screening at the primary level and referral of suspected cases to secondary and tertiary care for diagnosis and treatment.
He said primary healthcare is limited to reproductive child health & communicable diseases which address only 20 percent of the healthcare need.
Keeping in view prevalence of NCDs and low utilisation of public health facilities, the Government of India initiated a National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancers, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) which focuses on promotion of healthy life styles, early diagnosis and management of diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and common cancers e.g. cervix cancer, breast cancer and oral cancer, he said.
Dr Sharma added that the Ministry of Health & Family welfare, GoI has envisioned Health and Wellness Centres for providing comprehensive health care, including non-communicable diseases and maternal and child health services.
Director ASCOMS Dr Pawan Malhotra while addressing the participants appreciated the efforts of National Health Mission in providing healthcare facilities to common people from primary to tertiary level. He focused on the risk factors for all non-communicable diseases, which include tobacco and alcohol use, high salt intake, obesity and high blood pressure.
“The workshop shall raise the concepts of the service providers at all levels of healthcare facilities and sought suggestions from the participants for improving the early detection and referral mechanism of the suspected cases of cancer,” he said.
State Nodal Officer, NHM, J&K Dr Mohammad Shafi Koka in his valedictory session thanked Sandeep Mohan, Associate Director, Biocon Ltd, Bangalore along with his team and Academy of Hospital Administration, Regional Chapter, Jammu, for their support in organising the workshop in the state. He requested the officers of health department to follow the processes in letter and spirit for raising the awareness among the common masses and improving the healthcare at primary level.
Dr Sunil Gupta, Medical Oncologist, Venkteshwara Hospital, New Delhi, Dr Vikas Roshan, Radiation Oncologist Narayana Hrudayalaya, Super Speciality Hospital and Dr Deepak Abrol, Depertment of Radiotherapy, GMC, Jammu were among the experts who gave detailed power point presentations and oriented the participants about various aspects of breast cancer and steps for screening, early detection, diagnostic methods and treatment protocol of positive cases of breast cancer.
The workshop was attended by Dr Harjeet Rai, Divisional Nodal Officer, NHM, Jammu; Dr Narinder Bhatial, Programme Manager, NHM, J&K; medical superintendents, senior consultants of various specialties (Gynecology, Surgery, Medicine), medical officers, staff nurses of district hospitals, along with Divisional Nodal Officer, NCD Cell, Jammu, officers/officials from District NCD Cell, the officers from State Health Society, NHM, J&K, the statement said.