Shillong:The Meghalaya government on Wednesday signed a MoU with Apollo Telehealth Networking Foundation for the 1st Cancer Care Project in the State.
The MoU was signed in presence of Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Health and Family Welfare Minister James K Sangma.
Senior official of the World Economic Forum, J. Satyanarayana and Dr. Premanand of Apollo Telehealth Networking Foundation were also present during the signing of the MoU.
“Cancer is a key health concern in Meghalaya and combating it requires strong cooperation across entire health sector,” James said.
“This initiative will strengthen and improve the capacity for early diagnosis through awareness and mass screening, thereby helping us provide comprehensive treatment,” he added.
The cancer rate in the state is high, especially those affecting the esophagus, lungs, nose and throat.
According to the 2021 data of the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research Meghalaya ranks second in the country in terms of cancer prevalence among men and 11th in terms of women.