Highest-ever investment for cancer treatment in India
GUWAHATI: Assam will have South East Asia's single largest cancer care network from April 28, 2022, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate seven cancer hospitals and lay as many cancer hospital foundations from Dibrugarh.
The last BJP-led Government in the state, with Himanta Biswa Sarma as the Health Minister, decided to set up an affordable cancer care network in Assam as the state and the Northeast are infamous for high cancer occurrence. The State Government and Tata Trusts Mumbai did sign an agreement and formed the Assam Cancer Care Foundation.
On his visit to the state on April 28, the Prime Minister will inaugurate seven cancer hospitals constructed by the Assam Cancer Care Foundation –one each at Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur, Jorhat, Darrang, Kokrajhar and Lakhimpur. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stones of seven other cancer hospitals – one each at Goalpara, Dhubri, Nagaon, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Nalbari – on the same day from Dibrugarh. The construction of three other cancer hospitals – one each at Guwahati, Silchar and Diphu – is in full swing. The Foundation expects these three hospitals to be operational from the end part of this year. The Cancer hospital at Guwahati will be the apex referral centre with all modern facilities like robotic surgery, bone marrow transplant, stem cell research and PG teaching and training.
When completed, Assam Cancer Care Foundation will have 17 state-of-the-art and affordable cancer care hospitals. It is the highest-ever investment in cancer care in India. According to State Health Department sources, Tata Trusts has already installed all equipment, including radiation therapy equipment, in the seven cancer hospitals. The Assam Cancer Care Foundation has already engaged staff members for the seven hospitals.
Health Department sources further said that the State Government would bear the cost of around Rs 4,000 crore for the civil works of the 17 cancer care hospitals, and Tata Trusts Mumbai would bear around Rs 830 crore for equipment. The hospital staff will comprise both locals and outsiders.
The seven cancer hospitals to be inaugurated on April 28 will be operational from April 29, 2022. L&T did the civil works of the projects.
Besides Assam, patients from other states of the Northeast will get affordable cancer treatment in Assam.