Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir has announced substantial hike in the corpus of revolving fund to help people suffering from terminal diseases like cancer. The fund was created to help poor patients.
"It pains me to see that those who require huge amount for cancer treatment are provided meager financial assistance", he said while instructing the Health Department to work out modalities for enhancing the corpus of funds.
He has announced this at a District Development Board meeting of Srinagar. He also told that he will allocate Rs 1 crore each for S K Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura and Jammu Medical College respectively. Through this scheme, poor patients can be provided instant financial assistance for treatment.
Sayeed addressed a function organized to flag off 70 ambulances and vaccination vans, procured under National Health Mission (NHM) at SKICC.
"With SKIMS in the process of setting up a State Cancer Institute with an amount of Rs 120 crore as grant-in-aid received from the Union Health Ministry, it is expected that cancer patients can avail advanced treatment within the state", he said.