The government of India has decided to conduct awareness campaigns in schools to sensitize students about cancer at an early age.
"The government's strategy is consistent and it is planning to introduce awareness campaigns at the school level with a motive to sensitize students on the perils of tobacco consumption at a young age," said Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
AdvertisementReferring to the communicable disease scenario, the minister claimed that the country has the largest successfully run public health program in the world. "We should feel the positive aspect of our efforts. Our ministry has been very serious in overcoming cancer. We are strategizing to detect it at early stage," he said.
Nadda's statement comes in the wake of recent controversial remark made by BJP MP Deepak Gandhi. The MP asserted that there was no evidence linking tobacco with cancer. He also praised the efforts of the Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, in developing National Cancer Grid to provide better facilities to patients and said the government would like to synergize with it.
He also said the government is working on 58 medical colleges which are being upgraded and trying to provide them cancer treatment facility.