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State Plans to Set up Six Cancer Hospital

Times of India
04 June 2010
By Prafulla Marpakwar
Mumbai, India

Medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit has drafted a Rs 1,500–crore plan to set up six cancer hospitals and three superspecialty centres in the state.

Gavit, a former professor of medicine, has proposed to set up cancer hospitals in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Akola and Nashik, while superspecialty centres will be built in Nagpur, Pune and Nanded, the hometown of chief minister Ashok Chavan. “The entire project will cost well over Rs 1,500 crore. These hospitals will start functioning in a phased manner and in the next three years, we aim to open all of them,” a senior medical education department official told TOI on Thursday.

Gavit said while the state had a large number of general hospitals, there was a dearth of cancer hospitals and superspecialty centres. “Mumbai has enough number of treatment centres for cancer. Still Tata Memorial Hospital can hardly cope with the immense pressure and patients have to wait for a long time before they can get a test done or start their treatment. Under such circumstances, the medical education department decided to step in and set up cancer hospitals not only in the city but also across the state,” Gavit said.

If the medical education department official is to be believed, then 1,800 cases of cancer are registered in Mumbai every day, with 60 to 70 surgeries being performed daily. “As Mumbai has a special cancer centre, patients from across the country converge on it. If the government sets up similar hospitals, it will reduce the burden on the existing ones,” the official said.

The official said going by rough estimates, it will take Rs 140 crore to Rs 150 crore to set up a small cancer hospital as well as a superspecialty centre. “Land or premises will not be a problem as we propose to have these hospitals on the premises of our existing medical colleges,” he said. However, for the cancer centre proposed to be founded in Aurangabad, the state has set aside Rs 50 crore and for the rest, the officials would knock on the doors of Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, who has proposed to set up one cancer hospital in every state.

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  • Proposed cancer hospital: Cama or GT Hospital in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Akola, Aurangabad and Nashik
  • Proposed superspecialty centres: Nagpur, Pune and Nanded
  • Cost of each hospital: Rs 140 crore to Rs 150 crore
  • Cancer cases registered every day: 1,800M
  • Surgeries performed every day: 60 to 70

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