Odisha government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai to establish a state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital at the NISER campus at Jatni near Bhubaneswar.
Tata Memorial Centre under the Department of Atomic Energy will establish a 200 bedded hospital and run it with a proposed cost of Rs. 650 crore. The Department of Atomic Energy has earmarked Rs 400 crore for this project whereas Tata Trusts will spend Rs 250 crore on this project.
The state government will provide a Cyclotron machine to meet the requirements for radio isotopes for treatment as suggested by Director Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said during the event.
Presently, NISER is providing 17 acres of land. The state government will provide another 40 acres of land for future expansion of cancer facility, establish 30MeV Cyclotron, staff quarters, township and academic blocks, patient attendants rest sheds and dharmasala. The project will have 3 founding principles – Service, Education and Research.
The institution will collaborate with NISER to conduct translational research for unique cancers of Odisha. The hospital will also help the state establish robust systems for affordable cancer care and control.
There will be provisions of all advanced Cancer Care such as Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Pathology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Preventive Oncology and Palliative Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, etc.
In addition, the Cancer Hospital will coordinate with the state government for skill development and capacity building of doctors and paramedical staffs of Odisha. The TMC will provide technical support to strengthen the cancer care wings in Mayurbhanj and Ganjam Districts.
Nearly 40,000 new cancer patients are detected and around 18,000 cancer deaths are reported in Odisha every year.