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Delhi shows path for corruption free India, Arvind Kejriwal re-launches anti-corruption helpline 1031

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The long awaited Anti corruption helpline number, the magic wand to battle corruption, has finally been re launched in Delhi by AAP.

Fulfilling third promise made to the people of Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today re-launched the anti-corruption helpline number – 1031.

The digits, 1031, which were pushed more than one lakh times by the people of Delhi during AAP’s rule last year, will remain the same.

Though the number is the same, the help line’s capacity has been increased from 1000 to 10,000 calls per day. A team of volunteers will attend calls in Hindi and English.

Talking about the action taken against corruption, Delhi Chief Minister said that within 49 days government has been able to bring down the corruption by 70 per cent.

Showing faith in this new facility for the residents of Delhi, Kejriwal said, “Earlier we were excited about this idea, but now we have our full faith in its power.”

The helpline is a revival of the service which the AAP government had launched during its earlier 49-day stint after the 2013 Assembly elections.

“Last time our party was in power for 49 days, we had launched this helpline. We are re-launching it today,”  Kejriwal said.

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)