July 2015

Providing Affordable Cancer Care

Dr (Maj Gen)

Dr (Maj Gen) S C Pareek, Medical Director, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (BMCHRC)

Our hospital treats 25 per cent patients belonging to economically weaker section and also imparts health education to prevent cancer,says Dr (Maj Gen) S C Pareek, Medical Director, Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (BMCHRC) in conversation with Romiya Das of Elets News Network (ENN)

Tell us about the healthcare scenario in Rajasthan?

The healthcare delivery system ofRajasthan includes hospitals (primary,secondary and tertiary care), PHCs, CHCs, maternity and child welfare centers, sub centers. However, any healthcare system can be successful if the elements such as finance, health work force, medicines, vaccines,diagnostics and infrastructures are available. There had been a shortage of health workforce, medicines and diagnostics in the rural Rajasthan.The availability of doctors and paramedical staff in rural area,preventive healthcare facilities are minimal, non-availability of medicines,inadequate health education facilities.

What healthcare facilities are provided at BMCHRC?

BMCHRC is the only cancer hospital in Rajasthan that provides comprehensive cancer care to the people in the state as well as MP, UP, Haryana, Punjab, Uttarakhand etc. The management aims to make the hospital a comprehensive world class cancer treatment center with cutting edge technology to provide affordable care with human touch to all sections of society irrespective of economic considerations.

What are the corporate social responsibilities BMCHRC has undertaken?

BMCHRC has been entrusted some obligatory responsibilities to treat 25 per cent of cases (IPD & OPD separately) belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS) of the society and also patients referred by government hospital. The hospital has a separate counter for EWS. As part of CSR we are regularly conduct health camps in the remote areas of the state and also impart health education top revent cancer. We have started two projects – ‘Donate a Life Project’ is for children aged 14 and under suffering from blood cancer are treated and the success rate of such treatments is more than 90 per cent. These are Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL),Acute Promylocytic Leukemia (APML)and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HD). So far we have extended treatment to more than 27 (up to March 2015) children free of cost. ‘Early Detection of Breast& Cervix Cancer’ is aimed at providing an annual checkup for women aged 40 and above. The Pap smear and mammography tests are conducted on fourth Saturday of every month from 2-5 pm free of cost. So far, more than 86 women have been screened under this program.

What is your opinion inadaption of IT in healthcareindustry?

IT is a tool which can provide speed and quality in healthcare industry.Hospital information system has brought revolution in the delivery of healthcare facilities. IT has facilitated both healthcare providers and the receivers in patient care. However,this has to be taken as integral part of healthcare delivery system. Telemedicine can bring a revolution as even in the remote areas a doctorc an consult the super specialist available in the capital. This can help in delivering almost same type of care which could have been provided as at ertiary care hospital.

Do you think PPP is the right way forward?

Yes, I think Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) is the right way in providing healthcare facilities in the rural areas provided, the model has characteristics such as clearly specified, realistic and shared goals; clearly delineated and agreed roles and responsibilities;distinct benefits for all parties; the perception of transparency; active maintenance of the partnership;equality of participation; Meeting agreed obligations. The PPP in healthcare will result in to standardised services, affordable prices, quality assurance, government schemes for EWS can be implemented.

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