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State to Have Six New Cancer Hospitals in Next Five Years

Times of India
10 June 2010
By Umesh Isalkar
Pune, India

Plans are afoot to set up six cancer hospitals in all six revenue divisions in the state, including Pune, in next five years.

Medical education minister Vijaykumar Gavit told TOI on Wednesday that a draft plan of Rs 1,500 crore is ready. “The money will be raised from Union government’s ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’. Similary, the state ministry is in talks with the Austrian government for monetary help,” said Gavit.

“The Government Medical College, Nagpur, has received funding under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’ for its upgradation. Of the funds received, the Union government has contributed Rs 125 crore and Rs 25 crore have been given by the state government. A portion of funds will be used in setting up cancer treatment facility at the hospital. Similarly, the proposed cancer hospital at GT Hospital in Mumbai has received assistance from private oil companies and petrochemical companies as part of their social funding initiative.”

Besides, the state government has already granted Rs 16 crore for the cancer hospital in Aurangabad. “The cancer hospital in Pune will come up at Sassoon by 2011. The work on the proposed cancer hospitals in Akola and Nashik will start by 2012 and will be over by 2014. All the six cancer hospitals will be ready within five years.

“Land will not be a problem as we propose to have these hospitals on the premises of our existing government medical colleges,” he said.

It is estimated that at any given point of time there are 20–25 lakh cancer patients in the country and every year about 7 lakh new cases come up. It is estimated that 50 per cent of the cancer cases can be cured if detected early.

The National Cancer Control Programme focuses both on providing treatment facilities and early detection. “Under the programme, more and more regional cancer centres (RCC) are being recognised and geographical gaps in the availability of cancer treatment facilities are being filled up in the country,” said Gavit.

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