20 cr Indians to be screened for cancer, diabetes

20 cr people will be screened for cancer, diabetes and cardio-vascular diseases in 100 districts.

Jammu: Around 20 crore people will be
diagnosed for various diseases in a soon-to-be launched health
care programme by the Centre, touted to be the world`s biggest
pilot project in health sector.

"We will launch world`s largest pilot project in health
sector in the country. We will soon start screening 20 crore
people for various ailments - cancer, diabetes and
cardio-vascular diseases in 100 remote and inaccessible
districts and in 33 cities in next 14 months period," Union
Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad told reporters here.

"No government in world has launched such a big project,"
Azad said, adding that a data card would be issued to all
people who will be screened.

He said another scheme for the Below Poverty Line people
has been started whereby cancer, diabetes, cardio-vascular,
lung and kidney patients would be provided entire cost of
operation in government hospitals.

In another scheme, all patients who have monthly income
of Rs 6000 and below will get nearly 50 percent reimbursement
of payment borne on the cost of operation and treatment of
life threatening diseases, he said.