Going the extra mile: CM kicks off second phase of free cancer treatment drive

The new phase is targeted at patients suffering from leukemia.

News Desk November 15, 2014



Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has approved the second phase of the free cancer treatment programme for another three years, stated a handout issued on Saturday from the CM Secretariat. The new phase is targeted at patients suffering from leukemia.


According to the handout, Khattak kicked off the programme during a meeting chaired at the CM secretariat in Peshawar. He allocated Rs600 million to begin the second phase and approved a new drug to make the programme more effective.

Khattak lamented that in the previous phase of the programme, health officials had administered single drug oral medication to patients. However, it was not effective as nearly 25% patients did not respond well to the medicine. On the special directives of the chief minister, a new drug has been introduced which is likely to have 85% chances of success, the handout read.

A Switzerland-based pharmacy will supply the new drug after the inauguration of the second phase in November.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2014.

 

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Tariq Rehman | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

This is really a great move, but public awareness is very important. Lot of people do not know about this program. PTI districts leadership may be involved in this campaign of awareness and spreading message of govt to general public.

kamran | 5 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Appreciated!!!

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