Nair to be first-ever BMC hospi­tal to set up can­cer wing

Mid Day - - City - RUPSA CHAKRABORTY [email protected]

THOU­SANDS of can­cer pa­tients who throng Mum­bai will soon have a shorter wait for treat­ment, with the BMC now set to build its first ever spe­cialised can­cer wing at Nair hospi­tal. The long de­layed project has fi­nally re­ceived ap­proval and the ten­der has been floated for the con­struc­tion of a nine-storey can­cer wing that will be able to ac­com­mo­date 100 beds. The es­ti­mated bud­get for the fa­cil­ity is R340 crore.

At present, the only pub­lic fa­cil­ity that pro­vides can­cer treat­ment is Tata Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal. How­ever, due to the ever grow­ing need for can­cer treat­ment, the wait­ing list of pa­tients runs into months. Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, the BMC had pro­posed as far back as 2012 to build to a fa­cil­ity at a civic hospi­tal that can pro­vide faster, cost-ef­fec­tive treat­ment.

The build­ing is to be con­strued in­side the hospi­tal premises. As per the pre­lim­i­nary plan, the build­ing will be con­structed in an L-shape, and will also have emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices and sep­a­rate rooms for chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­ol­ogy.

“The pro­posal has been ap­proved and an ini­tial bud­get of R4 crore has been sanc­tioned. Once the ten­der process is com­pleted, the con­struc­tion will be­gin,” said Dr Ramesh Bhar­mal, dean of Nair hospi­tal.

At present, there are around 30 beds each in the BMC-run KEM, Sion and Nair hos­pi­tals for can­cer surg­eries. As per sources, once Nair’s can­cer wing is op­er­a­tional, these pa­tients will also be re­ferred there for treat­ment.

NCP cor­po­ra­tor Dr Saeeda Khan, who had tabled the pro­posal in 2012, stated, “Presently, only Tata Me­mo­rial pro­vides full-fledged

treat­ment to can­cer pa­tients, along with ra­di­a­tion and chemo­ther­apy.

But pa­tients of­ten have to wait for months for treat­ment, which leads to fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of their con­di­tion. A spe­cialised can­cer fa­cil­ity un­der BMC will help to save more lives.”

While the can­cer wing will fi­nally come to fruition af­ter all these years, an­other pro­posal to start a first-of-it­skind vir­tual au­topsy fa­cil­ity at Nair hospi­tal is yet to see the light of day. This would have rev­o­lu­tionised post-mortems in civic hos­pi­tals.

The can­cer wing will be built on Nair hospi­tal’s premises

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