Srinagar, Feb 7 (GNS): A legislator on Wednesday urged the government to start at the earliest the work on the newly announced Tertiary Cancer Care unit in Kupwara district of north Kashmir.

According to news agency GNS, MLA Kupwara Bashir Ahmad Dar asked the health minister Bali Bhagat in legislative assembly to come clear as to when the government is going to start work on the newly allotted Tertiary Cancer Centre in the frontier district.

Health minister assured the legislator that the work will be started soon.

Bashir Ahmad Dar also urged the government to check the illegal practices in healthcare sector including private practices, availability of fake and substandard drugs. He demanded a critical care ambulance, up-gradation of Kupwara District Hospital and strengthening of the staff.

Health minister had recently said in the health grants that the Government of India (GoI) has sanctioned 3 Tertiary Cancer Care centers at Udhampur, Kishtwar, and Kupwara at the cost of Rs 45 crore each. (GNS)