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Cancer hospital to come up in Mizoram
AIZAWL, AUG 21 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 22 Aug. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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Prompted by high incidence of cancer in Mizoram, the state government is planning to set up a 200-bed cancer hospital in the city.
Mizoram’s own Regional Cancer Centre would be upgraded to a 200-bedded hospital to meet the local requirement, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla said here today. ”The Regional Cancer Centre that we have will be upgraded and equipped with the latest technology to avoid spending of huge amount of money to get treatment outside Mizoram,” the Chief Minister said after he inaugurated the new building of the cancer centre today.
Expressing grave concern over the high prevalence of cancer in Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla said,”It is high time that we change our lifestyles, avoid heavy tobacco consumption and unhealthy foods.
”While it is one of the government’s top priorities to give the best available healthcare facilities to the people, it is also the responsibility of the people to be health conscious,” said Lal Thanhawla. The Chief Minister also pointed out that despite huge amount of money received from the Centre under the National Rural Health Mission, Mizoram lagged behind in health infrastructure.”With more efforts, I believe we can make Mizoram one of the best states in healthcare,” he added. Speaking at the inaugural function, State Health Minister Lalrinliana Sailo said,”Changing of lifestyles has brought about different kinds of diseases in Mizoram which were unknown to our forefathers.
”Roughly Rs 4.4 lakh per day is spent for medical treatment at Aizawl Civil Hospital alone. It comes to Rs 16 crore per year,” he said adding the total expenditures on medical treatment in the hospitals, including hospitals outside Mizoram, are unimaginable.

 
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