PESHAWAR: 20-year old Amir resident of Mechani Momand Agency was diagnosed from Cancer in 2010 and it was shocking news for his father who was a driver but while getting treatment from Hayatabad Medical Oncology Department he came back to a normal life.
“I was diagnosed for cancer by the doctors and in 2010 we get treatment for one year from Al-Shifa hospital Islamabad but later when cancer treatment facility started in HMC in 20111 we get treatment from here”, Amir added.
These views was shared in a local hotel on the WORLD Cancer Day organized by Hayatabad Medical Complex Oncology Department with the support of Novartis Pharmaceutical Company as the day was observed with the theme “ Today and Tomorrow”.
Talking on the occasion Senior Minister Health Shahram Khan Tarakai said that his mother was also patients of cancer and he was emotionally attach with cancer patient and can feel their wounds.
He informed that KP government made revolutionary steps in health sector and introduces Board of Governor in the hospitals while more than ten thousands doctors were recruited in the province as 95 % doctors were now available in all the hospital of the province.
He further added that KP government introduce Sehat Insaf Card for the poor patients of the province and the scheme providing free health facility to 70 % population of the province, adding that in the next year one corer and 92 lack population of the province will get treatment from the facility.
He announce that KP government will provide all supportive medicines to the cancer patients, adding that KP government will take all steps for the treatment of cancer patients.
Head of Oncology Department Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar Professor Dr. Abid Jameel while sharing the figure of death from cancer said that it was the second disease worldwide which was cause of death while in 2030 around 2,030, 27 million people will diagnosed from cancer in which 17 million people will die.
He further informed that 60 % patients belong to developing countries while 90 % patients can’t afford treatment, adding that in Pakistan every year 0.2 million people diagnosed from cancer while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa every year from 5000 to 6000 patients were diagnosed.
Professor Abid Jameel added that from 0.5 million rupees start of cancer treatment up to 4 million rupees which can’t afford by a poor family.
He informed that since from 2011 Oncology department HMC start treatment of cancer as now the government of KP expanded the treatment to all cancer treatment including breast cancer , blood cancer, Kidney Cancer etc.
He added that in 2016 the government release Rs.45 corer for the treatment of cancer to Oncology department HMC while in 2017, Rs.60 corer were release while in 2018 , Rs.60 corer will be release for the treatment of cancer.
He informed that from 2011 till now the Oncology Department treated more than 1865 patients in whom 1,094 were male patients while 771 were female patients, adding that 45 % patients were youth but now all the patients were spending normal life and help their families.
He added that around 228 patients were registered from Peshawar, Swabi 139 patients, Swat 138, Charsadda 120, Mardan 141 while KP government also include Federal Administered Tribal Areas and providing free treatment to the patients belong to Fata.
On the occasion HMC BOG chairman Dr.Sahibzada Saeed , Professor Dr. Noor Wazir, Novartis company representative and other high officials and doctors were present .