Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Tuesday sought a status report from the state government with regard to progress of work on the State Cancer Institute, within two weeks.
The court sought a report indicating the cost of construction of the new block meant for treatment of cancer patients, the time frame fixed for completion of construction, the amount earmarked, the number of operation theatres especially for surgery of cancer patients, the number of therapy centres, and the number of general wards, payment wards, and VIP wards in the institute.
It was submitted by the petitioner’s counsel, Salih Pirzada, that there was a dire need of operation theatres for cancer patients in the state. He pointed out that due to the inadequate number of operation theatres, the death rate among cancer patients was increasing with each passing day.
After hearing the counsel, the division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar remarked that cancer patients should not be made to suffer. The judges remarked that the pain and suffering of cancer patients was beyond any description.
“The status report must be filed before this court within two weeks,” the division bench ordered.
The litigation in this matter has stated that over the years there has been a drastic increase in the number of malignancies cases in the state of J&K. To cater to the needs of a growing population with growing number of cancer cases, a “State Cancer Institute” was proposed by the state government with the assistance of the central government. However, the institute has still not been constructed and there is a long list of cancer patients waiting for their turn to be operated on.
The petition stated that only two days are assigned for cancer surgeries at SKIMS Srinagar, as a result of which patients either die while on the wait-list or the cancer has already caused irreparable damage to their bodies.