The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a 710-bed National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Jhajjar, Haryana. The institute is expected to address the gap of cancer research and lessen the deficit of tertiary care in the northern region. Cancer has emerged as a major public health concern with 11 lakh new cases diagnosed with a mortality rate of 5.5 lakh every year.
The institute will come up in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) campus at Jhajjar and is estimated to be completed in 45 months at a cost Rs 2,035 crore.
An official statement said there had been a lag of cancer treatment facilities in India, compared to WHO standards which require one radiotherapy machine per million population. India at present has 0.41 machine per million population.
NCI will operate on the lines of NCI, US and DKFZ, Germany as a nodal centre for indigenous research, promotive, preventive and curative aspects of care and human resource development. This institute is aimed to plan, conduct and coordinate research on cancers which are more specific to India like tobacco related cancers, cancer of the uterine cervix, gall bladder cancer and liver cancers.
The focus will be on understanding, analyzing the cause and genesis of the above cancers. This will further translate the knowledge gained to develop feasible strategies to improve cancer care services by improvement in detection, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life of patients.
The proposed institute will broadly have clinical division, research divisions, and disease management groups (DMGs). These DMGs will go in to the details of all issues pertaining to management of various cancers, site wise, besides other facilities. NCI will have 710 beds for different facilities including surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, anesthesia and palliative care, nuclear medicine. It will have a tissue repository which is the first of its kind in India.
HSCC (India) Ltd, a public sector enterprise under the administrative control of the health ministry, will be project consultant and will be responsible for concept, detailed design & engineering, contracting, project management and medical equipment procurement, installations and commissioning.Source
Times of India
27 Dec 2013,
New Delhi, India