Odisha govt., Tata Trust unveil Rs. 1,000-cr. cancer care plan

The Odisha government and Tata Trust will jointly spend Rs. 1,000 crore for development of cancer care facilities in the State over the next five years.

The decision was taken at the first advisory committee meeting of the Odisha Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme that was held on Monday under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A.P. Padhi.

Under the programme, a state-of-the-art Tata Memorial Hospital will be set up in Bhubaneswar. The State will provide 25 acres of land free of cost for the hospital. The existing Acharya Harihar Cancer Care Hospital at Cuttack will also be upgraded.

A special purpose vehicle called the Odisha Cancer Care Foundation will be constituted as the management entity. It will be under the chairmanship of the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department.

It was also decided that 15 clinical units having different levels of cancer treatment facilities will be set up across the State.

Comprehensive diagnostic facilities will be made available in government medical colleges at Burla, Bhawanipatna, Berhampur, Koraput, and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

Daycare and diagnostic facilities will be set up at government hospitals in Jharsuguda, Kendujhar, Baripada, Balasore, Balangir, Bargarh, Nabarangpur and Angul.

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