Jammu: In order to strengthen cancer care services at tertiary level in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Administrative Council (SAC) has accorded sanction to the setting up of a nuclear medicine department at the Government Medical College (GMC).
The approval for the department along with the creation of 13 posts under various categories, including five of faculty members, three of Registrar and Medical Officer, and five of paramedical staff were given by the SAC which met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik here, a spokesperson confirmed.
The Union Health ministry under the ‘National Programme for prevention and control of cancer, diabetes, CVD and stroke (NPCDCS)’ sanctioned two cancer institutes in the state — one in SKIMS, Soura, and other in GMC Jammu.
SKIMS Soura has received the first instalment of Rs 47.25 crore for establishment of a State Cancer Institute (SCI).
To make the SCI at GMC in Jammu functional, the establishment of a nuclear medicine department was mandatory so that funds under various components of the scheme are sanctioned by the Centre, including for procurement and installation of PET scan machine, the spokesperson said.
He said the establishment of a cancer care service at GMC, Jammu, will enable the patients to undergo tests and treatment in the state itself.
In another decision, the SAC approved the creation of additional 14 posts under various categories, including two of medical officers and 12 of paramedical and other staff, to strengthen the maternity centre at Zakura in Srinagar so that it can function round-the-clock, the spokesperson said.
He said the SAC also approved the upgradation of a sub-centre at Utterbani in Jammu to the level of primary health centre (PHC) along with the creation of nine posts under various categories.