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Foundation laid for 19 cancer care hospitals in the state A new era has begun in the state's cancer care scenario: CM

          Foundation laid for 19 cancer care hospitals in the state 	A new era has begun in the state's cancer care scenario: CM

Foundation laid for 19 cancer care hospitals in the state A new era has begun in the state's cancer care scenario: CM

Dispur, June 18: "Cancer treatment takes a heavy toll on the mental, physical and financial conditions of not only the patient but also the whole family. But the setting up of this 19 hospital cancer care grid in the state will revolutionise the whole cancer management and patients would be able to avail quality treatment without going outside the state." Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said while taking part in the ground breaking ceremony of 19 cancer care centres at College of Veterinary Sciences Playground, Khanapara in the city as part of the inclusive cancer care programme launched by Assam Cancer Care Foundation -– a joint venture between Government of Assam and Tata Trusts.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that ever since coming to power the present state government has initiated many schemes like Atal Amrit Abhiyan, free diagnostic facilities which have improved the public health scenario in the state. Following Advantage Assam: Global Investors' Summit, the state has come into the investment limelight of the nation and a total of Rs 79,000 crore of investment has been committed to the state as a result of the summit, he said. The chief minister also thanked the Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata for fulfilling the commitment of extending cooperation in setting up 19 hospitals as part of the three tier cancer care programme in the state.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a corpus of Rs 1,910 crore has been created under Assam Cancer Care Foundation to set up three different layers of hospitals for cancer patients in 19 districts of the State. As part of the agreement, Tata Trusts will contribute nearly Rs 900 crore, while the state government will provide a grant of Rs 1,080 crore, he informed. Central government has committed another Rs 180 crores in addition to the corpus fund, he added.

Elaborating on the plan Dr Sarma said that the Assam Medical College and Hospital at Dibrugarh would be treated as a level 1 hospital, which would largely be a referral hospital with 200 additional beds. The level 3 hospitals would be set up at Darrang, Goalpara, Golaghat, Haflong and Sivasagar. Further, the 150-bed level 2 hospitals would come up in Silchar, Barpeta, Jorhat, Tezpur, Diphu, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Karimganj and Nalbari. The places identified for level 2 are those where multi-specialty support from the medical colleges is available or at least proposals for setting up medical colleges are already in place.

Rajya Sabha MP Amit Shah, who also spoke in the progamme, acknowledged the crucial role played by Tata Trusts with their philanthropic activities in bolstering public health sector in different parts of the country for so many years. He also referred to schemes of central government like Ayushman Bharat which covers approximately 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage up-to 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization and Mission Indradhanush which aims to immunize all children under the age of 2 years, as well as all pregnant women, against seven vaccine preventable diseases. He said that this cancer care programme will enable the underprivileged section of the society get access to quality cancer treatment while minimising out of pocket expenses. He also appreciated the Assam government under chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal for taking up such mega projects within a short period of time to fulfil the aspirations of the people of the state.

Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata said that since the north-eastern part of the country has highest occurrence of cancer cases, Tata Trusts committed to the cause of setting up cancer hospital grid in the state to bring succour to the patients here. Researchers under the Trusts are working for finding cutting edge solutions to manage cancer efficiently so that mortality due to cancer can be reduced through awareness, prevention and early detection while taking care closer to the people, he said.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu also spoke in the programme which was attended by Union MoS for Railways Rajen Gohain, MoS for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika, Chief Secretary T Y Das, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Dept Sameer Kumar Sinha among others.