Numbers sourced from a survey by the Government of Punjab showed on January 28, 2013 that there are at least 90 cancer patients for every 100,000 population in the state, which woefully is higher than the national average of 80 per 100,000 population. The Malwa region – which is already infuriated as the cancer belt witnessed the highest number of cancer patients—107 in 100,000 population through the survey. Mansa, Muktsar, Bathinda and Ferozpur districts are also seen to be at peak of cancer patients in the state.
The deadly messages from the disease came as a battle cry for the state government to amply various initiatives to curb this menace. Keeping in view the same, the 4th Invest north, a conclave to leverage investment and business opportunities organized a compendium of Projects for investments in Punjab. With the visionary far sight of the healthcare sector, 260 acres of land was approved, out of which 80 acres is already allotted for set up of the Tata Cancer & research hospital and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital & research center in New Chandigarh.
The healthcare sector in Punjab is budding in Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, Ludhiana, Bhatinda and Jalandhar through the idealistic PPP model of the Punjab government.
The Punjab Private Partnership (PPP) model is the visionary policy framework of the healthcare sector by the Punjab government, with a view to make the healthcare sector easily accessible, prompt and hassle free for the common masses of the state.
Under the Punjab Private Partnership (PPP) model, two cancer hospitals are being set – up in the state with the helping hand of Max Healthcare. Owing to the responsive financial assistance by Max Healthcare, an amount of Rs 4.5 crore have already been deposited as the up front and an amount of Rs. 1.50 crore for these mega-hospital projects at Mohali and Bhatinda respectively. In contrast to this, the company shall also give away five per cent of its gross turnover every year to the state Government. The estimated time for the completion of both these projects is 18 months. The Malaysia – based, Columbia Asia group is also setting up a secondary hospital in Patiala. An investment of Rs. 150 crore is made by the state government for the modernization of Amritsar medical college, and Rs. 68 crore for the upgradation of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.
Hospitals such as Apollo Hospitals Group, Fortis Healthcare center, IVY hospital, etc are contributing in large numbers towards accelerating the growth of healthcare sector in the state. The initiative of the Punjab government to set-up new research institutes and medical colleges shall definitely help in putting a halt to the cancer misery. Needless to say, such concentrated efforts of the government shall witness a paradigm shift of the agrarian state into the development of the health care sector.