148,000 new cases of cancer being diagnosed every year: NA told

March 14, 2018

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Farhana Qamar on Wednesday informed the National Assembly that about 148,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in country.

Responding to a question during question hour, she said that the exact number of cancer patients at present in the country is however not known. She said that the Ministry has taken various steps including preventive measures as well as treatment of cancer patients.

Parliamentary Secretary said that polio eradication has been declared as national public health emergency in the country since 2011.

She said that a National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) is accordingly being implemented across the country under the direct oversight of National Task Force headed by the Prime Minister and having on board all Provincial Chief Ministers, Governor KPK and Prime Minister of AJK.

She said there is no proposal under consideration of the Ministry to construct a federal government hospital in Thar and Hyderabad, Sindh. Responding to another question she said that the government has approved the policy regarding medical treatment abroad.

The policy covers the treatment of members of parliament, federal government servant and employees of Public Sector Corporations, autonomous bodies under the control of federal government, she added.