Shillong, Mar 11: State Health Minister, A. L. Hek on Thursday informed the House that Civil Hospital Shillong has registered 7014 cancer patients from 2015 to 2019 of which 4350 were males and 2664 females.
Giving this information during the Question Hour, Hek said that, the total cancer patients registered in 2015 in the Civil Hospital Shillong is 1417 –890 male and 527 female, in 2016 the total was 1492 with male 949 and female 543. In 2017 the total was 1452 with 890 male and 562 female, in 2018 the total was 1621 with 965 male and 656 female and in 2019 the total number of cancer cases registered was 1032 with 656 male and 376 female.
The State Health Minister also said that East Khasi Hills has the second highest cancer incidence rate in the country.
He said that East Khasi Hills has the highest rate of tobacco related cancer reported in India. “66.9 percent of the cancer in males and 43.1 percent in females are due to use of tobacco in East Khasi Hills,” Hek said during the Question Hour.
The state Health Minister also informed that the department is in the process of augmenting the existing cancer treatment at Civil Hospital Shillong, by setting up a Cancer Treatment Centre, the DAE-Civil Hospital Cancer Wing and steps are taken to make it functional as early as possible.
“The same will be equipped with the latest Radiotherapy Treatment Facility which is already in process with machines like – dual energy linear accelerator with treatment planning system, CT simulator and HDR brachytherapy.
Hek also informed that the department of Oncology of Civil Hospital Shillong is already catering to the need of cancer patient with radiation therapy, chemotherapy pain and palliative care services and surgical oncology.