Health minister alleges attempt to defame RCC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Health minister told the assembly on Wednesday that there has been a calculated attempt to defame the (). The recent allegations against the premier cancer centre of the state is a fall out of this conspiracy.
“Even after the authorities clarifying on the blood transfusion issue in the RCC, some people with vested interests are spreading false allegations against the hospital. The recent controversies, including that involving the death of a girl from , were unwarranted,’’ said the minister.

All tests, including those conducted by neutral laboratories, have proved that the RCC did not err in the blood transfusion.

Despite this, the private lobby carried out a campaign against the hospital by making the media a tool in their hands. The government will conduct a probe into this, said Shailaja.

The minister rejected the allegation that she insulted the family of the girl who died. Some people misled the parents of the girl.

The government has taken all steps to help the family and is also ready to provide adequate compensation to them, she said.

As part of the government’s new health policy, all people in the state will be screened for cancer. Asha and health workers are being trained for this. They will conduct the screening with the help of local hospitals, the minister said.

The is in the process of setting up a cancer registry. Even though there has been a steady increase in the number of cancer cases in the state, the reasons for this has not yet been identified and the RCC is currently conducting a study into this, she added.

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