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Tata Trusts to roll out cancer care programme in Nagaland

Press Trust of India  |  Kohima/Guwahati 

today signed an agreement with government to roll out a care programme in collaboration with the public healthcare system of the state.

"The government of and the today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a programme for providing comprehensive care in the state," an official release from the said.

The Tata Trusts and the government will establish a joint venture -- Care Foundation -- and the collaboration will build on the public healthcare system to make accessible and affordable, it said.

The MoU was signed between Taraporevala and Nagaland Health and Himato Zhimomi, the statement said.

Speaking on the development, Tata Trusts senior advisor said, "Nagaland is among the states that have the highest per capita burden of cancer in Through the partnership, we aim to provide the much-needed impetus by making accessible and affordable, and help in awareness and early diagnosis."

The programme will integrate with the existing plans of the state on cancer screening, palliative care and tobacco control with a three-tiered model of treatment delivery.

"The model is centred on the use of technology and building capabilities of the existing workforce to facilitate operations in remote areas and patient-centric design principles to provide a good in-hospital experience to patients and care-givers," the statement said.

Besides developing the in Kohima, the model envisages building capabilities in select district hospitals at Mon, Mokokchung, Phek and Tuensang so that patients do not have to travel more than a few hours for accessing the entire range of services.

Recently, the Tata Trusts partnered with the Assam government to operationalise the by laying the foundation stones of 19 upcoming care facilities.

The Tata Trusts is currently in talks with state governments such as Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana for establishing care network.

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

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:15 IST