Bhubaneswar, April 15 (Local Wire): The Odisha Model of having District Cancer Programme has helped the state in better management of cancer care during lock down, Dr Lalatendu Sarangi, Director, Acharya Harichar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer (AHPGIC), Cuttack said.
Sarangi said that as per the model started in 2016, the doctors at AHPGIC, formerly known as AHRCC are linked to the District Headquarter Hospitals (DHH) in all districts through telemedicine.
“Through telemedicine we are helping in chemotherapy sessions and follow up treatment of cancer patients living at distant places in the state.
The doctors at DHH can consult us on behalf of the patients through telemedicine,” he said.
Sarangi said that several patients living far away from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar can get their chemotherapy and follow ups from any DHH in the district near to them during the lock down period.
The APHGIC, the nodal state government cancer hospital which was earlier seeing close to 400 cases per day are now seeing around 100 cases.
The number of surgeries which was around eight per day has also been reduced to half during the lockdown period.