VIJAYAWADA: A Central Cancer Institute with an outlay of `120 crore would be set up at Chinakakani, located between Guntur and Vijayawada. The government is committed to offering quality health services to the people for affordable prices and will implement a slew of health reforms soon, health minister Kamineni Srinivas has announced.
He was addressing the Roots Health Services Award function organised in the city Sunday. Roots Health Foundation is a voluntary organisation working towards spreading health awareness among people through conducting health camps. Every year, the Foundation recognises doctors and social workers who work in the field of health and medical services, and present them with the Health Services Awards.
Radiologist T Rajeswara Rao, plastic surgeon PMC Naidu, diabetologist S Ramabrahmam, dermatovenerologist P Rambabu, ayurvedic physician GV Purnachand, Y Raja Rao, chairman of Pramodini Apollo Imaging and Vijaya Diagnostic Centre, T Arjuna Rao, Paramedical Services and former MP Ch Vidya were honoured with the award.
Popular breast cancer specialist P Raghuram said that cancer was spreading at an alarming rate due to lack of awareness among people. Cancer is not as dangerous as was being perceived, if detected early, and can be treated, he pointed out and urged the public to have regular health checkups even as the government was spreading awareness about breast and other forms of cancers.