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Nepal cancer hospital thanks PM Modi for gifting teletherapy machine

Press Trust of India  |  Kathmandu 

gifting a Bhabhatron radioactive teletherapy machine to Nepal's leading hospital would be hugely beneficial to thousands of patients waiting for treatment in the nation, a top has said.

Narendra Modi, who was on a state visit to Nepal, announced on Friday that the would gift Bhabhatron Radioactive Cobalt-60 teletherapy machine to Hospital in Kathmandu.

"Bhabhatron Cobalt therapy is the medical use of gamma rays from the radioisotope cobalt-60 to treat cancer," said Ishwor Shrestha, at

"The hospital was in need of machine for There is only one Cobalt-60 machine in the hospital and additional gift would help provide timely treatment to cancer patients," he was quoted as saying by Times.

Thanking Indian Modi, Shrestha said the number of patients at the hospital had been increasing, but they had to wait for months to receive treatment.

There are nearly 200 patients at the hospital waiting for the last three months to receive treatment.

He said the hospital had earlier requested the to provide the machine. The machine costs Rs 1,200,000, the report said.

Bhabhatron telecobalt machines were developed by scientists at the Bhabha to meet the demand for affordable machines. Compared to imported telecobalt machines, the indigenous machines are cheaper and have superior features, according to BARC scientists.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 13:05 IST