GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today while attending the Assam Cancer Care Foundation Board Meeting discussed with the board members about rolling out a specialized BSc Nursing course emphasizing on cancer and palliative care.
In a statement after the meeting, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "These cancer care institutes should not only be centers of excellence in the treatment of the deadly cancer disease but also should serve as training hubs so that nurses and doctors are given specialized training to win over the disease"
"I and the members of the Assam Cancer Care Foundation have mulled over the possibility of rolling out a BSc Course in Nursing with an emphasis on cancer and palliative care in the 7 centers which are spread across Assam" CM Sarma added.
Assam CM while speaking about the three cancer care institutes which are nearing completion advised them to be functional soon so that patients can reap health benefits from them.
The seven cancer care institutes are built under phase 1 of a project to build 17 advanced cancer care institutions in the state. These seven institutes were inaugurated earlier this year in April in seven cities of Assam, viz., Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, and Jorhat.
The second phase of this project will see another seven cancer care institutes in the state with an aim to provide affordable cancer care in the state.
These institutes are a joint venture between the Assam Cancer Care Foundation and Tata Trusts. The Assam Cancer Care Foundation represents the Assam Government in this noble venture.
It is to be noted here that Assam's numero uno in the field of cancer treatment before these 7 cancer care institutes came into being was B.Borooah Cancer Institute which last month rolled out an ambitious project teaming up with North East Space Application Centre(NESAC) to research on the geo-mapping of cancer in the state.