Chandigarh: With a view to provide better health services, the Punjab government on Wednesday announced to launch a state-level cancer awareness and symptom based early detection campaign of the disease from December 1.

The campaign will be completed within a month after its launch, Health Minister Madan Mohan Mittal told reporters in Chandigarh.

The department of Health and Family Welfare in the last six months has undertaken various initiatives for improved delivery of health services to the people, he claimed. Punjab is facing the problem of both the communicable as well as non communicable diseases, he said. Cancer is among the major challenges before the state, he said.

The department has chalked out a plan of cancer awareness and symptom based early detection campaign. In light of the opinion of the experts, Faridkot had been selected as a pilot district for this campaign.

The task was completed within the stipulated time frame in Faridkot as 744 teams of field workers conducted the door-to-door visits and covered the district spread over 173 villages and the three cities of Faridkot, Kotkapura and Jaito.

On the basis of preliminary compilation based on various symptoms, the department had identified 2,950 suspected cases while 785 persons have informed that they are suffering from cancer in Faridkot district, he said.


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