On PIL of a patient HC seeks information on cancer institute
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On PIL of a patient HC seeks information on cancer institute

The High Court on Saturday sought information from the government on the construction cost, timeframe for completion and funds earmarked for state cancer institute at SKIMS here.

The High Court on Saturday sought information from the government on the construction cost, timeframe for completion and funds earmarked for state cancer institute at SKIMS here.

A division bench of acting Chief Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice M K Hanjura directed the chief secretary J&K and the director SKIMS to file status report indicating the number of operation theaters for surgery of cancer patients, therapy centers, general wards, payment wards and VIP wards at the institute.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition seeking implementation of guidelines for strengthening the tertiary care of cancer as provided by government of India.

The court granted four weeks to the government as well as director SKIMS to respond to the plea filed by a cancer patient Rabia Khurshid through advocate Syed Musaib.

Rabia has undergone five surgeries relating to cancer on various occasions and contends the state government has failed to provide any proper infrastructure or assistance due to a citizen in a welfare state.

In her plea she seeks directions for construction of operation theatres in the upcoming state cancer institute as per the proposed requisition.

She also pleads for making available operation theatres for the department of surgical oncology for all seven days in the week.

Pertinently, according to petition, Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an unprecedented 87 percent rise in cancer cases during last 7 years.

According to the PIL due to shortage of operation theatres assigned to the department of surgical oncology, surgeries are performed only twice a week which causes deaths for want of timely surgeries.

The petitioner pleads that certain structural flaws were pointed out in the building of state cancer institute and forwarded to the concerned authorities, but the flaws were not rectified.

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