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Varanasi: The Tata Trusts today announced the completion of the 352-bed Mahamanya Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya Cancer Centre, jointly set up by the Trusts, the Tata Memorial Centre and Banaras Hindu University. With execution beginning on April 4, 2018 in a mission mode, the hospital has come up in just 10 months, a record by a philanthropic organisation in India. The hospital will be inaugurated in a few weeks.
The cancer care centre is spread over an area of 5.86 lakh sq. feet. With equipment sourced from global leaders in cancer care, the hospital will bring comprehensive yet affordable cancer care to patients in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and, even, neighbouring countries like Nepal.
With the objective of reducing patient waiting time, the centre will house 13 operation theatres, 6 linear accelerators, 6 CT Scanners, an MRI, and 44 Out-Patient Departments, with the capacity developed in phases. The centre will also be equipped with modern technological systems, integrated care through support services.
This is the second apex cancer care facility to be established in Varanasi. The Trusts have already refurbished the Indian Railway Cancer Institute and Research Centre. Rechristened as the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, it has 178 beds besides extensive out-patient services.
The Tata Trusts have been pioneers in developing cancer care infrastructure since 1942 with the establishment of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and the more recently established Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, in 2011.
Building on this heritage and in a major programme to impact India’s health outcome, the Tata Trusts are now engaged in partnering with state governments and other entities to establish cancer care facilities across the country. The Distributed Cancer Control Model seeks to take cancer care closest to where the patients are, to make treatment accessible and affordable.
The infrastructure will comprise: Level 1 (L1) facilities, or apex centres, providing complex and rare cancer care services, including clinical research; Level 2 (L2) facilities, which will provide basic comprehensive oncology services to address most common forms of cancer; Level 3 (L3) facilities, adjacent to District Hospitals (DHs), providing services for provisional diagnosis and day-care services for patients; and Level 4 (L4) facilities, at primary health care centres, for screening of potential cases. There will be about 100 such L1, L2, L3, L4 cancer care centres across the country in the next few years with an investment of several hundred crores.
As of now, the Trusts have partnered with the governments of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat, Assam, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and Kerala to set up facilities or to upgrade existing infrastructure so that patients, particularly the poor, do not have to travel to cities far away incurring debilitating expenditures.