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'Set up JPC to visit cancer-affected areas'

Jalandhar, September 9

Senior Congress leaders have urged the Lok Sabha Speaker, Miera Kumar, to set up a Joint Parliamentary Committee to visit the various cancer-affected areas of Punjab to study the problem and make appropriate recommendations to the Union Government to tackle the menace. As cancer has tightened its grip in the state especially in the Malwa region, there is an immediate need to provide treatment to the affected people and screen the population.

Ram Pal Dhaipai and Rajpal Singh, general secretaries of the PPCC, have submitted a written request to the Speaker in this regard. “We have urged her to constitute the committee immediately to interact with the people in the cancer-affected areas. Dhaipai said here today that Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Akali MP Harsimrat Kaur had failed to provide any relief such as free treatment to the affected people even in the Malwa belt, from where they were elected, what to talk of other parts of the state.

Dhaipai said instead of setting up any medical institute to treat the cancer patients in the Malwa belt, Sukhbir was making empty statements to mislead people in this regard. Health was a state subject and it was the duty of Sukhbir to provide succour to people suffering from cancer and not shift the onus on the Centre.

People had to go to Rajasthan for treatment because Punjab could not provide treatment to them in its own hospitals, he added. Failure of the SAD-BJP government to provide clean potable water and a pollution-free environment was mainly responsible for the growing incidence of cancer in various parts of the state, he added.

Dhaipai said as the state government had failed to live up to the expectation of the people, he had urged the Centre to set up a modern cancer research and medical treatment institute at Mansa having the latest diagnostic facilities for the detection of cancer to save thousands of people suffering from the disease.

Mobile vans having arrangements for diagnosis and treatment of cancer should be made available in the affected areas under the National Rural Health Mission. The Mansa-Bathinda belt should be declared a cancer-prone area and people should be insured against this disease at state cost.

Cancer incidence on rise in farm animals too?

Ramaninder K Bhatia, TNN, Feb 10, 2011

CHANDIGARH: There is some more bad news for Punjab, battling growing cases of cancer among its people, especially in pesticide-ridden Malwa belt. Now, as pesticide contents are being reported at an alarming rate in the animal milk yield, there is a growing apprehension that the incidence has seen a jump in the livestock and the disease may be spreading its tentacles in the land of milk and honey.

Since empirical studies on the subject are rare, vets don't want to raise any alarm without studying the impact of environmental pollution on animal health. However, they agree that clinical incidence suggests a rise in reproductive disorders and even cancer cases have started showing up quite regularly in vet clinics.

"If there used to be one case in a year a decade earlier, now a cancer case shows up among livestock every month," says Dr Ashwani Sharma from Clinical Veterinay Medical department of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). "While humans can seek treatment, animals are usually abandoned and left to die since treatment costs are quite prohibitive," states Sharma

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