Assam, Tata Trusts join hands for Cancer Care
The Government of Assam and the Tata Trusts has set forth on their joint initiative of establishing a comprehensive cancer care network in the state, with Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam, Amit Shah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Health Minister of Assam, and Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of the Tata Trusts, together unveiling the foundation stones of 19 modern cancer care facilities that will dot the state. The Government of Assam and the Trusts have set up the Assam Cancer Care Foundation, dedicated to this initiative.
Of these 19 facilities, 12 will be comprehensive cancer care centres on the premises of Government Medical Colleges in the state. Located at Barpeta, Dhubri, Diphu, Jorhat, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Silchar, Tezpur, and Tinsukia they will offer diagnosis and treatment of cancer cases. Another five will be adjacent to District Hospitals. Located at Darrang, Goalpara, Golaghat, Haflong, and Sivasagar, they will offer diagnostic and day care services, including chemotherapy.
Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, will be upgraded to an apex cancer centre with education and public health research capabilities. The State Cancer Institute (SCI) in Guwahati will be expanded to a 500bed South Asia Research Centre. This network will become operational beginning April 2019. It is designed to ensure that no patient has to travel more than a few hours for accessing full suite of cancer treatment within the public system so that care is affordable.