Kochi: Former MP and CPM district secretary P Rajeev has joined the bandwagon demanding urgent measures to develop the Early Cancer Detection Facility at Kaloor and make it the city satellite centre of the fledging Kochi Cancer Research Centre (KCRC). “During my tenure as MP, I had tried to give a new lease of life to the Cancer detection centre by infusing MP funds. However on assessment it was found that the plot consisted of marshy land and required high investment to set up a multi-storey building and hence the proposal could not be taken forward,” Mr Rajeev said.
“But at this point when the KCRC started functioning full scale, a decent facility needs to be built there (Kaloor) for detection of cancers and referring the cases to KCRC," he added. Currently the Centre at Kaloor lacks facilities such as a sophisticated lab besides regular presence of experts. The doctors from RCC make visit to the centre once in a while. “With facilities such as telemedicine set to be implemented at the Cancer Institute, a large number of cancer suspect cases could be handled at the Early Cancer Detention Centre. Biopsy testing can be done here and the confirmed cases referred to the Institute. This will result in better treatment at the Institute to those found affected by the disease,” said Dr N K Sanil Kumar of Justice V Krishna Iyer Movement. Hibi Eden MLA has already offered to provide upto Rs one crore from his local Area Development Fund for enhancing infrastructure facilities of the Early Cancer Detection Centre.