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Non-communicable diseases account for 60% of total deaths in

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

today said changing lifestyles were "adding to" the burden of and highlighted the Centre's efforts in providing to people.

"According to some estimates, non-communicable now account for about 60 per cent of the total deaths in our country," he said.

The Centre has planned setting up of 20 state institutes and 50 tertiary care centres in different parts of the country, he said.

The was speaking after inaugurating the 'Diamond Jubilee Building' and other facilities at the city-based Institute.

Proposals can be approved for eligible institions upto Rs 45 crore for seting up a centre and upto Rs 120 crore for setting up of institute, he said.

"I am happy to note that proposal for setting up of 15 cancer institutes and 20 tertiary care centres have been approved so far," added.

He said 14 new AIIMS were being set up with focus on oncology in its various aspects under the Pradhan Mantri Swasth Suraksha Yojana.

The national policy of 2017 underlines the importance of preventive care, said.

Eight existing institutions were being upgraded with provision of oncology services, he added.

"Under the comprehensive primary care Ayushman Bharat we will provide at primary level for people near their homes," he said.

"We have initiated population based prevention control screening and management of common such as diabetes, and common cancer," Modi said.

Ayushman Bharat also includes the Pradhan Mantri National Health Protection Mission which will cover over 10 crore families.

About 50 crore people would be benefited through this mission, the said.

of upto Rs five lakh per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation would be provdied under this mission, he said.

"This will be the world's largest government funded health care programe," he said. '

People would be able to get benefits in both public and empanelled private facilites.

The scheme intends to reduce out of pocket expenditure on health, Modi said.

He sought participation of all sections of society including NGOs and private sector to prevent diseases like cancer.

Modi lauded the Cancer Institute, saying it was the first speciality facility in and second in the country.

"The is one of the oldest and signicant comprehensive centres in India," he said.

On the difficulties mentioned by the of the Institute Dr V Shantha, he said it would be looked into and also requested Chief to see what can be done.

Recalling that the institute was started by the late Dr Muthulakshmi Reddy, Palaniswami pointed out that it has today grown to be a large centre due to Shantha's efforts.

The 'is an initiative supported by the Centre and the

It comprises additional out-patient services, nuclear facilities, ICU beds, post-operative wards and operation theatres.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 18:35 IST