Labeled as ‘cancer belt’ of Punjab, Malwa region is to get relief with the inauguration of Advanced Cancer Research and Diagnostic (ACRD) Centre in Bathinda. This advance facility has been built with cost of over 115 Crores and will be catering to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan States.
The center has state of art facilities for cancer diagnosis, treatment and research. Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal mentioned that ACRD centre would reverse the trend of cancer patients from the Malwa belt approaching cancer hospitals in other states for their treatment.
“The advanced cancer treatment would impart quality cancer treatment to people at par with TMC (Tata Memorial Centre), Mumbai. Moreover, the experts will carry minute research so as to come out with reasons behind this fatal disease”, Badal said.
Accompanying her father- in –law, union cabinet minister for food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal highlighted the dire need of such a facility which was needed for the people of region, battling with cancer disease and also mentioned that Punjab Government is also planning to open nine such centres across the state in near future.
Surjit Kumar Jyani, state’s health minister also mentioned that Punjab Government has disbursed Rs 401 crore to about 32,000 cancer patients under chief minister’s cancer relief fund so far. Badal also declared that state government would soon start a new scheme to provide healthcare diagnostic services to the people at their doorsteps.
During the media gathering issue of SYL was raised once again, upon the question of fast onto death by Sunil Jakhar over SYL issue, Badal asked congress leader to answer three questions including who approved the Satluj Yamuna Link (SYL) canal project, who laid the foundation of this project and who rejoiced and welcomed the opening of SYL canal.