As­sam, Tata Trusts join hands for Can­cer Care

BioSpectrum (India) - - POLICY AND REGULATORY NEWS -

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.

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