‘Multi crore funding on the card for health sector’

Japan treats cancer with medicinal plants: Jayantakumar

IMPHAL, 14th Oct: In addition to an incentive of Rs 15.04 crore given by the ministry of health and family welfare recently; Airport Authority of India, ministry of health and family welfare and ministry of AYUSH are ready to sanction multi-crore funding to improve healthcare sector in the state, revealed health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar.
Addressing a press conference in his office at Old Secretariat here on Monday, Jayantakumar said that the ministry of health and family welfare hosted a mega event in the national capital on October 10 and 11, during which issues faced by the country in healthcare sector were discussed.
During the discussion on issues of ART drugs supply, he highlighted hardships being endured by HIV-AIDS patients in the state due to shortage of ART drugs. Soon, the union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan instructed the warehouse in Guwahati to deliver adequate ART drugs to Manipur and the consignment will be arriving at Imphal late night, he said, while allaying fear of non-availability of ART drugs in the state.
The union minister has also sanctioned Rs 5 crore to set up a drug testing laboratory to assess composition of different medicines available in the state market. Consequently, the government is on the lookout of suitable site for setting up the laboratory. Besides, an additional incentive of Rs 15.05 crore has also been sanctioned for bringing improvement in the health sector, Jayantakumar said.
On the other hand, AAI NE Region Guwahati regional executive director Sanjay Jindal, during a recent meeting, assured of CSR funding in the state. The funding will be sanctioned for taking up skill development activities, adoption of its four wheel ambulance in remote hill areas, medical ventilators for ICU, mammography machine for detection of breast cancer among others. Moreover, AAI has already approved Rs 4.95 crore funding for setting up an accident trauma centre at JNIMS, the minister informed.
He further said that necessary formalities have been completed for introducing the floating ayurvedic dispensary in Loktak Lake. Though the past project did not include plans for inland port for the service, the ministry has agreed to sanction Rs 3.91 crore for the inland port and instructed to submit a DPR at the earliest. The latest project will also include floating dock, solar power lamps and sewage management plants, he added.
Jayantakumar also said that the state has food testing laboratory at the RD wing campus, Lamphelpat to detect food adulteration. Private individuals can also apply for food testing by paying a nominal fee at the facility, he said while adding that more machinery would be added in the laboratory.
Narrating his experience in Japan during a recent visit with a team of Government Dance College students and teachers to attend Namaste India programme in Tokyo, the minister said that the art forms of Manipur received wide appreciation during the programme. Besides, he had the chance to meet representatives of several companies working in the healthcare sector during the visit.
Interestingly, in Japan, they no longer see cancer as a deadly disease. They take serious note of the hardships being faced by cancer patients in undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer treatment, which not only destroy the cancerous cells but also the healthy uninfected cells. As such, they have developed a new treatment option through which they inject nutrients made of medicinal plants that only target the cancerous cell. The new therapy remained clouded by a controversy, which prevented the therapy from being made public. However, Japan government has recently passed a Bill and legal production of the drugs has begun.
Japan is now planning to export such medicines made from medicinal plants to other countries. A sample package of the drug will be arriving at Imphal before Ningol Chakkouba. However, the drug will not be used to treat patients but will undergo certain lab test to verify both positive and negative effects of the treatment option. Once cleared, the state will become the first state in the country to procure the drug from Japan, he said.
Moreover, one package of the drug would cost around Rs 20,000 and if the test proves fruitful, cancer treatment will become easily affordable for many, he added.
He also highlighted nano technology in medical science to treat different types of diseases, which has already begun in Japan and several countries. India is also planning to adopt the technology in AIIMS and the state government has started exploring possibilities of bringing the technology in JNIMS, Jayantakumar said.
Lok Sabha MP Lorho S Pfoze was also present at the press conference, during which the two released a report on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Manipur published by State Medicinal Plant Board, Manipur.

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