Erode: There is an increase in cancer cases all over the country, which as per World Health Organisation reports,is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, Governor Dr K Rosaiah said here today.
"Approximately 14 million new cancer cases and 8.2 million deaths are cancer related. It is worrying that in 2012 about 7 lakh deaths were caused due to cancer in India", he said after inaugurating the free of cost Imayam Phase I centre for terminally ill cancer patients at Gangapuram, 15 km from here, run by the local chapter of Indian Medical Association
The Government also launched a Certificate programme in Palliative Care, Nursing programme to create manpower for looking after such patients. IMA has ratified the programme will soon approach Medical Council of India for recognition.
Governor urged the doctors and IMA to educate people about the causes of cancer ann its prevention.He also lauded Tamil Nadu for the lowest maternal mortality rate.
"We are pioneers in medicine in ancient days and are now regaining the position and have achieved a distinct place in medical field. India, especially Tamilnadu stands as a health destination for people from across the globe. Yet we have a long way to go to become a global leader in medicine".
Governor also praised the Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme, which he said has made the fruits of medical science reach the common man in Tamil Nadu.
He said that as per a September 2014 UNICEF report on child mortality, the number of under five deaths worldwide has declined from 12.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2013. It had also stated India and Nigeria accounts for more than a third child deaths worldwide.
He said he is happy that the infant mortality rate in Tamil Nadu has come down by 50 per cent in 10 years, but noted an increase in accidental deaths and said these lives can be saved if they are provided first aid during the 'Golden Hour'.
The Governor later conferred state level awards to 12 doctors and two non-medical professionals in recognition of their meritorious services, academic excellence and leadership qualities.