Non-functioning of PET Scan at SKIMS has increased the miseries of Cancer patients

Srinagar: Reacting to non-functioning of PET Scanner in SKIMS, which has increased the miseries and suffering of cancer patients, Doctors Association Kashmir has demanded separate state of art Cancer Hospital in Kashmir.

The spokesman said that The lack of expertise and absence of radiation safety measures at the said Hospital has led Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to cancel the use and procurement licence of Nuclear Medicine Department of SKIMS for radioactive isotopes.

President DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said that the number of cancer patients is increasing and as per Indian Council Medical Research (ICMR), the burden of cancer in Kashmir has risen to 20 thousand cases per year. The cancer is affecting people like an epidemic and situation is made worse by the lack of separate cancer hospital in Kashmir. Today cancer is the leading cause of death and it is imperative that treatment facilities should be available to all cancer patients in a separate state of art cancer institution, Dr Naik added. It is not possible to install and maintain the latest technologies and gadgetry without upgrading hospital infrastructure and Technical human resources.

We demand a cancer hospital with refined on-surgeons, determined oncologists, astute radiotherapists, infection disease specialists and Radiological interventionists. This becomes important and exigent given the increasing prevalence and incidence of Cancers in the Valley Dr Naik added

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