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Cancer research centre in Meghalaya
Correspondent SHILLONG, NOV 29:
Published on 30 Nov. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma today said his government is contemplating to set up a cancer research centre to find out the causes for the high incidence of cancer in the state.
The centre is proposed to be set up within the vincity of the Pasteur Institute, a centre for research and production of vaccines like Neural Anti Rabies Vaccines and the Cholera, Typhoid and Paratyphoid vaccines.
“At present, the institute is engaged in the research for vaccines. I think the institute would be the best place for the cancer research centre” Sangma said, while intervening during the question hour in the assembly.
Earlier, deputy chief minister in charge Health Rowell Lyngdoh informed the House that the total number of cancer cases detected in the state in the past five years were 759 cases in 2006, 865 cases in 2007, 448 in 2008, 888 cases in 2009 and 617 cases till July 2010.
He said majority of those cancer cases detected had been successfully treated. Besides the Shillong Civil Hospital, he said that NEIGRIHMS was another institute where cancer treatment was being provided.
Earlier, the leader of opposition (NCP) Conrad Sangma suggested the government on the need to have some kind of quality check on the vegetables coming from outside the state to ascertain whether they contain pesticides.
“The health department can work together either with the Agriculture or Horticulture department for doing this quality check on vegetable coming from outside. This is important considering the high incidence of cancer in the state” Sangma said.
Supporting the opposition leader, former Lok Sabha speaker Purno A Sangma (NCP) also mooted the idea of setting up a special research team to conduct a detailed study whether the high incidence of cancer cases was connected with our food habits considering maximum of the people here known for chewing of betel nuts and consumption of tobacco.

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