The government has launched a universal screening programme for non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cancer in the country’s 2,100 districts, which will soon be extended across India, a recent media report said.

Health Minister J P Nadda, responding to questions raised in Lok Sabha on Friday, said the government also plans to open AIIMS in all states and was working towards that objective, Economic Times reported.

The Health Minister also said studies were in progress on gene test. But as of now, efforts are on to provide counselling to patients, than to focus on therapy.

According to Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) Anupriya Patel, the proposals for setting up of 11 state cancer institutes and 13 tertiary care cancer centres have been approved and funds have been released.

Responding to another question, she said that under the ministry’s National Programme for the Health Care of Elderly provisions have been made to establish comprehensive health care setup tuned to needs of the elderly people.

The facilities being provided under the programme include 30-bedded Geriatric ward for in-patient care at Regional Geriatric Centres; Geriatric OPD and 10 bedded Geriatric Ward at district hospitals; bi-weekly Geriatric clinic at Community Health Centres (CHCs); weekly Geriatric clinic at Primary Health Centre (PHCs); and provision of aids and appliances at sub-centres.

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