Thursday, December 8, 2022

Meghalaya CM inspects Cancer hospital


Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday inspected the ongoing improvement of the Cancer Wing at Civil Hospital here in the state capital Shillong.
“Hopefully by the first or second week of December the cancer wing of the Shillong Civil hospital would be ready for the patients. But some of the machinery for the institutions would take time to be installed,” Sangma said after an inspection of the work progress.
He said the cancer wing at Civil Hospital Shillong was being used as a COVID rehabilitation centre and that it took a considerable long time for the incomplete work to progress.
The cancer wing would have male and female wards as well as wards for day care patients, Sangma informed.
At present, the proposal is to have a 50-70 bedded hospital for the patients at the Shillong Civil hospital cancer wing with a separate facility for the day care patients. As far as the equipment are concerned, the cancer wing would be installing various state-of-the-art equipment especially those involving internal radiation, like Brachytherapy and Cobalt-60 machine among others.
On the other hand, the Research Cancer Centre (RCC) at North East Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) is also nearing completion.
The 250-bed facility RCC scheduled to be completed this year by March has been delayed due to Covid pandemic. The new deadline for completion of the project is by February-March next year.
These two facilities would be a boon to the cancer patients as Meghalaya, especially East Khasi Hills district, has one of the highest cancer rates in the country. The cancer rate in the state is high, especially those affecting the esophagus, lungs, nose and throat.
According to the 2021 data of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research, Meghalaya ranks second in the country in terms of cancer prevalence among men and 11th in terms of women.

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