Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the Health department to provide free treatment to the cancer patients detected in the recently concluded statewide door to door survey. Interacting with Health and Family Welfare Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and top brass of the department after they submitted survey report "Statewide door-to-door campaign, cancer awareness and symptom based early detection" to him here, the CM reiterated the firm commitment of the government to eradicate cancer from the state, an official spokesman said today. Badal said the second phase of this programme should be solely aimed towards checking the spread of this lethal disease. Expressing concern over the fact that 34,430 people in the state have lost their lives in last five years due to cancer, Badal said, sustainable efforts should be made to avert any such mishap in the future. The Chief Minister said, "As under this survey around 97 per cent population of the state has been covered, so the Health department now has the concrete database through which they could provide timely treatment to the patients detected with even minute symptoms of cancer".
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