Following the recommendations of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), cancer has been declared as a notified disease by the Health, Medical and Family Welfare Departhat has become one of the major non-communicable diseases causing high mortality.
According to the government order, ICMR has recommended that ‘it is absolutely necessary to initiate mandatory reporting of cancer and have a Registry Programme to facilitate planning, guidance, monitoring and evaluation of the cancer research and control programme in the country’.
In the wake of the rising number of cases, this move will allow the state government to address the issue of under reporting, restricting the scope for the centre to intervene for early screening and follow-up action in providing well-timed treatment. “Diagnosis of cancer must be reported to the appropriate authority. The data received on cancer in the State would be used to frame policy and prevention and control of the disease, establishing facilities and cancer research and training centres,” the order mentioned.
The official order has also directed the staff in government and private hospitals, medical institutions, laboratories and other related healthcare organisations to report the cancer cases that have been diagnosed within one week to the government in the stated format.