"According to some estimates, non-communicable diseases now account for about 60 per cent of the total deaths in our country," 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," Modi 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.
Eight existing institutions were being upgraded with provision of oncology services, he added.
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 Prime Minister said.
Insurance coverage 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.
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.
It comprises additional out-patient services, nuclear medicine facilities, ICU beds, post-operative wards and operation theatres.
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