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NCI to be first govt hospital to provide proton therapy for cancer

IANS  |  Jhajjar (Haryana) 

Proton Therapy, a costly treatment for patients will soon come into effect at newly built Institute (NCI) in Haryana's district, making it the first government-run hospital to offer the service.

Dr GK Rath, Head and NCI told IANS that the service will be rolled out after 18 months at a minimal charge.

"So far, only has treatment and the cost of it is Rs 25 lakh. At NCI, it will be given for a minimal charge while those under PMJAY can avail the service for free of cost," he said.

is one of the advanced treatment in which only the cancer cells are targeted and the rest of the body remains unharmed unlike or therapy.

"This therapy is effective on all and the treatment can be even given to children with no harm in their growth," Dr noted.

The NCI, which is also India's institute was officially made open for public service on Tuesday.

The formal inauguration was done by via video conference while for and Family Welfare JP Nadda was present at the along ministry officials and AIIMS

Built at the cost of Rs 2,035 crore, the 710-bed hospital has 1,080 hostel rooms for doctors and 800 rooms for attendants of patients. Last year in December, OPD services were started on a trial-basis at the institute.

The project was approved by the Cabinet on December 26, 2013, and the hospital's foundation stone was laid on January 3, 2014 by the then in 2014.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 01:32 IST
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