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19 cancer centres in Assam to start functioning from mid 2020

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

government today announced 19 care centres, to be set up across the state in partnership with at an investment of Rs 1,910 crore, will start functioning from mid-2020.

The government will lay the foundation stone of the proposed centres at a function on June 18 in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, and Ratan Tata.

"We have reached the stage now to lay the foundation stone and conduct 'Bhumi Pujan', which will be done on Monday. After that, all the hospitals will be operational tentatively within next two years," Himanta Biswa Sarma said at a press conference here.

The and have formed a non- profitable entity -- Assam Care Foundation (ACCF) -- with equal partnership to implement the project and manage the centres, he added.

"Tata Trusts will give Rs 830 crore initially, while the will put in Rs 1,080 crore. So, the initial corpus of Rs 1,910 crore will go to ACCF, which will be a six-member trust," Sarma said.

The association is to set up 19 hospitals or centres of "different categorisation" at as many places, the said.

Assam government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tata Trusts during the 'Advantage Assam - Global Investment Summit 2018' in February this year to operate 17 centres across 15 districts.

Sarma said the number of the centres has been revised and it will be 19 now.

As per the plan, the district hospitals at Darrang, Goalpara, Golaghat, Haflong and Sivasagar will have diagnosis and day-care centres without having facilities, termed as

Existing and proposed medical colleges at Barpeta, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur, Diphu, Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Tinsukia, Karimganj and Nalbari will have facilities for radiation, and with 150 bedded hospitals, termed as L2.

and Hospital will be the referral centre and will have a separate 200-250 hospital, termed as L1, Sarma said.

"Out of these proposed centres, we are having some problems regarding land acquisition in Darrang, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Haflong. In rest of the places, land has been given to ACCF under a 33 year lease agreement," he added.

Apart from these centres, the Assam government is constructing a 500-bedded cancer hospital under the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital, the informed.

"For developing the as apex centre for cancer treatment, we will invest Rs 200 crore, of which Rs 180 crore will be given by the Centre," he added.

Sarma said this hospital will be known as South East Asian Cancer Research Centre and it will carry out research on the in North East as well as neighbouring countries.

He informed that as per an estimate by the Indian Council of Medical Research in 2016, 31,825 cancer patients are detected every year in Assam.

"This is a conservative estimate as many do not come to diagnosis level. So, we believe the actual number will be 25 per cent more. Out of that, 70 per cent people die.

"Our analysis is that if people get treatment on time, then 60 per cent of the deceased can be saved," Sarma said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 16 2018. 19:35 IST
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