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Cama Sits on Rs 32-Crore Cancer Fund for a Full Year

Times of India
24 May 2010
By Lata Mishra

Cama & Albless is the only mother and child hospital in the city. The State Government had decided to set up a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre for women here Cama & Albless is the only mother and child hospital in the city. The State Government had decided to set up a state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre for women here
Claims it is awaiting Heritage Committee approval to build room to house state–of–the–art radiation machine, but heritage panel says they haven’t even been approached
Government–run hospitals may blame lack of funds to justify their poor facilities, but close to one year after receiving a Rs 32–crore grant, the Cama and Albless Hospital is yet to install a machine that could help save thousands of cancer patients.

Cama and Albless is the only mother and child hospital in the city and the State Government has decided to set up a state–of–the–art cancer treatment centre for women here.

Sitting MP Milind Deora, funded by GAIL India limited, had given Rs 20 crore for a linear accelerator or radiotherapy machine, and the remaining Rs 12 crore was sanctioned by the State Government. However, when Deora recently asked for a status report, he was appalled.

“People keep complaining that Members of Parliament do not spend their funds properly. Here I have given it for needy cause and it is still lying unused,” he said.

Speaking to Mumbai Mirror, hospital dean Dr T P Lahane justified, “To install this machine, we need a special room as the machine emits high levels of radiation. It is to be housed in a room with lead and concrete walls so the high–energy X–rays are shielded. We have identified the place, but we are awaiting permission from the Heritage Committee, as Cama hospital is a heritage structure.”

However, Heritage Committee Chairman Dinesh Afzalpurkar said, “We have not received any proposal from the hospital asking for permission to install the machine. We cannot give any permission unless and until we receive the plan.”

The hospital has appointed a contractor – and paid him Rs 4 crore – to build the infrastructure.

Blaming the contractor for not taking enough initiative, Congress MLA Amin Patel added, “It is also total carelessness on the hospital’s part.”

Deora was scheduled to visit the hospital to find out the exact problem on Saturday, but cancelled at the last minute due to the Mangalore plane crash.

What the Linear Accelerator Does
The machine delivers a uniform dose of high–energy Xrays to the region of the patient’s tumour. These x–rays can destroy cancer cells while sparing the surrounding normal tissue, and can be used to treat all parts/organs of the body. It is used not only in external beam radiation therapy, but also for Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy.

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