Efforts on for cheapest cancer treatment at NCI: CM Devendra Fadnavis

Six government departments and corporate companies including ONGC and Coal India Ltd have come forward and supported to make National Cancer Institute (NCI) functional.

State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that efforts are on to make cancer treatment at NCI the cheapest one in the entire country.

Fadnavis was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the first phase of NCI, established under the aegis of Dr Aabaji Thatte Seva Aur Anusandhan Trust at Jamtha. Union minister for road transport and highway Nitin Gadkari, noted industrialist Ratan Tata, union power minister Piyush Goyal, union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) director (academics) Dr Kailash Sharma, Sun Pharmaceutical MD Dilip Shanghvi, YES Bank MD Rana Kapoor, Hinduja Hospital oncology head Dr Asha Kapadia were also present on the dais.

All the guests praised Fadnavis and trust secretary Shailesh Joglekar for completing their dream project after efforts of 22 years.

Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) director (academics) Dr Kailash Sharma said, "At present our country is in need of 2,000 oncologists. Patients from all parts of country have to travel to Mumbai to get cancer treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital. Three years ago, Tata has taken up the challenge to train doctors from across the country to give the same level of medical care in their own cities. Five to 10 years down the line, Tata Memorial Hospital should be the centre for education and research."

"Time has come to decentralize cancer treatment. We are ready to give support to cancer hospitals situated at different locations across India. For instance 20 qualified people from our hospital have been deployed to NCI so that patients from Central India don't have to travel all the way to us," Sharma added.

Ratan Tata, after taking the hospital tour with other dignitaries praised the facility. He said, "NCI is an unbelievable jewel in Nagpur's crown. Now that all the world class machines, equipment and trained doctors are arranged here, the main challenge now will be to make all this accessible to poor."

In the same context Gadkari said, "Tata hospital has been doing a recommendable job in providing cancer treatment but it is also true that it is overburdened with ever-increasing load of patients. Since government hospitals are not able to provide that level of medical care, it's time we should be focusing our energy to support charitable hospitals. I have approached Ratan Tata to provide support for more and more charitable hospitals."

Joglekar announced that NCI has recently received the award at the continent level for 'Best design upcoming oncology centre in Asia Pacific-2017'. The Mumbai-based architect Hiten Sethi who designed the NCI's building was felicitated by Fadnavis during the ceremony.

To maintain the patient hygiene, NCI has created a 'self-heal kit' which was also launched on the occasion. The kit will be given to all the patients free of cost. It consists of hand sanitizer, face mask and a bottle of sodium hypochlorite used for water disinfection. The kit will be refilled free of cost.



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