Government to introduce universal screening for diabetes, hypertension and cancer

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New Delhi | Published: February 4, 2017 11:16:53 AM

The programme, originally planned under UPA rule, known to have been pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who last year had set a deadline for the Ministry to come up with a screening framework for cancer.

cardiovescular diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cardiovescular diseases health issuesThe programme, originally planned under UPA rule, known to have been pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who last year had set a deadline for the Ministry to come up with a screening framework for cancer. (Representational Image)

Soon, every Indian over the age of 30 years will be screened for diabetes, hypertension and three types of cancer under a special programme scheduled to be launched by Union Health Ministry. The programme, originally planned under UPA rule, known to have been pushed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who last year had set a deadline for the Ministry to come up with a screening framework for cancer. Ministry officials said told Indian Express that government is working with a target to screen every Indian once a fullscale roll out is done. Health workers’ will go under special training to implement the programme in 100 districts at the beginning of the next financial year, sources told Indian Express. The programme will be integrated with one of referrals so that any early signs are treated to pre-empt what officials called “catastrophic health expenses” which many of these diseases entail.

A report in medical journal Circulation claimed Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) as the leading cause of mortality in India.  “A quarter of all mortality is attributable to CVD. Ischemic heart disease and stroke are the predominant causes and are responsible for more than 80% of CVD deaths. The Global Burden of Disease study estimate of age-standardized CVD death rate of 272 per 100,000 population in India is higher than the global average of 235 per 100,000 population,” said the report.

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India’s cancer burden has become a cause of concern. A data complied by the Central Bureau of Health Intelligence (CBHI) claims that a total number of 10,57,204 cancer cases were reported in 2012. While in 2013 the figure rose to 10,86,783, in 2014 it was 11,17,269, and in 2015 it stood at 11,48,692.

 

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