Government, Tata join hands on cancer care network

MoU signed between Government of Odisha and Tata Trust for Setting up of TATA Memorial Hospital in Bhubaneswar

MoU signed between Government of Odisha and Tata Trust for Setting up of TATA Memorial Hospital in Bhubaneswar

This sum will be crowdsourced and utilised towards improving cancer care in the country. Tata Trusts is playing a facilitating role to establish infrastructure, develop protocols and train personnel in partnership with multiple state governments, NGOs, hospitals, and clinicians across the country. "My Cause.', the initiative has been rolled out through a partnership with Tata Trusts" Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF).

Health minister Pratap Jena said the agreement with Tata will help the state in creating a state-wide cancer care network with an objective to take treatment closest to patients. To bring about meaningful change in cancer care, Tata Trusts' mission is to support the delivery of affordable and accessible care, and motivate people for regular screening.

The Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC) in Cuttack will be upgraded to a comprehensive cancer care hospital to handle complex cases on a referral basis.

A sum of Rs 800 crore has been estimated for execution of the cancer care projects under this programme over a period of next five years. Of this, state government's share will be '500 crore, while Tata Trusts has committed '300 crore.

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Besides, the Government of Odisha will also fund the operational expenses of all facilities established under the programme and will support in full the free treatment of poor and needy patients. As per the pact, the advisory committee will recommend a Special Programme Management Entity for executing the proposed network of cancer care facilities.

Medical colleges in the state and district hospitals will be equipped to offer diagnostics and standardised day care chemotherapy with select district hospitals additionally offering radiotherapy services, the official said.

The network will also leverage cancer care related schemes of the Union and State government such as National Oral Health, Tobacco Control, Palliative Care and Health Insurance programmes.

Chairman of Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata said, "Cancer is a major thrust area and the Tatas will share their knowledge in cancer care to support the state's effort in high-end cancer treatment".

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