New Delhi: Taking a serious view of the spurt in the cases of blindness, deafness, asthma, arthritis and other such ailments, the Union Health Ministry has become quite active to tackle such diseases.

After national prevention and control programme for Cancer, diabetes and heart attack, the Ministry has planned to introduce 26 other diseases in this programme.

Recently, the National programme for prevention of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases and Stroke was brought into existence. In order to expand the spectrum of the programme, the Health Ministry has planned to include common diseases in old age, mental illness, burn injury and accidents.

Following this, ministry is planning to link 100 districts with this national programme each year under 12th Five Year Plan. The programme will be first introduced in extremely backward areas and later big cities will also be included in it.