Lucknow: The rapidly spreading cancer disease will now be declared a notified disease. King George’s Medical College has recommended this in its recent study report. In this, all the hospitals will give the first information about cancer to the government.
Looking at the magnitude of cancer, cancer can be declared a notified disease in UP. It has been strongly recommended in the recent study report of King George’s Medical College. Along with this, several recommendations have been made, including cancer registry, increasing screening and treatment facilities with private participation.
The state government is considering these. When cancer is declared a notified disease, government and private hospitals and testing centers will be bound to give information about every case of cancer to the government. The scope of deadly and deadly disease like cancer is increasing rapidly. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally after cardiovascular diseases.
According to the Global Burden of Disease report published in 2019, the number of cancer victims in UP was more than six lakh. But it has been said to increase rapidly and be up to 1.9 lakh every year. Earlier the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had suggested notifying cancer in 2008.
In the year 2022, the Standing Committee of Parliament had also recommended to declare it a notified disease, so that the government could know about every death due to cancer. Right now the government does not get to know about all the deaths. The committee also recommended setting up a portal like Covin for registration of cancer cases, real-time data collection, counseling etc. In the country, 14 states including Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Assam have so far declared cancer as a notified disease.
Making database and policy will be easy
Recently, KGMU experts Dr. Kirti Srivastava and Dr. Anand Mishra have prepared a study report on cancer in collaboration with Sanchis, the nodal agency of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana. In this study titled Landscape of Cancer Care Provision in Uttar Pradesh, a recommendation has been made to the government stating the need to declare cancer as a notified disease. Dr. Kirti Srivastava and Dr. Anand Mishra told that this will not only help in preparing the database of cancer patients, but will also help in policy formulation for prevention.
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What are notified diseases?
Any such disease which comes to light has to be reported to the government and government officials. It is called a notified disease. At present, those diseases have been identified under this, which need to be monitored. All government and private hospitals, clinics or pathology labs have to give preliminary information to the government as soon as they get the symptoms of these diseases. That is, such diseases are monitored from the government level. The government keeps on taking measures to control them.
Dr. Kirti Srivastava and Dr. Anand Mishra said that cholera, diphtheria, encephalitis, leprosy, meningitis, plague, tuberculosis, pertussis (whooping cough), AIDS, yellow fever, measles, hepatitis, dengue, malaria etc. declared a notified disease.