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128 bedded renovated MTMH inaugurated by Tata Trust chairman in Jamshedpur
Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, March 13: Tata Trust Chairman Ratan Tata today inaugurated the renovated Meherbai Tata Memorial Hospital (MTMH) in Jamshedpur.
The Tata Trust chairman was accompanied by Tata Sons chairman N. Chandrasekaran and Tata Steel managing director and CEO, T V Narendran during his visit to the upgraded hospital in Dhatkidih and reviewed the newly installed services and technology.
Equipped with advanced facilities including Jharkhand’s first PET-CT machine, the hospital has been renovated at a cost of Rs 65 crores. The former 72 bed facility has now been converted into a 128 bedded cancer care facility through investment in civil infrastructure and equipment.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony Ratan Tata said that the hospital will help people to fight the disease. “We want to continue to serve the society and contribute in providing life to patients,” he noted.
Ratan Tata, who is also the chairman emeritus of the Tata Group said, “I have a great sense of pride in what we have inaugurated today. It serves The Tata Trusts dream of contributing a grid of Cancer hospitals so that lives may be saved. The new facility is a wonderful new extension and we look forward to the contribution it would make to mankind.”
The foundation laying ceremony for the project was done on March 2, 2018 by Ratan Tata. Over the past one year, a new extension building has come up in the TMH campus, connected to MTMH. The two buildings together house comprehensive cancer care facility including OPD, Medical Oncology and Radiotherapy wards, Day Care chemotherapy ward and Pritpal Palliative Care Centre.
N Chandrasekaran, in his address said that the new facility will help provide better care to patients.
“I am extremely delighted that the new facility has been completed and inaugurated at the hands of Sri Ratan Tata today. This will provide significant help to affected patients in the region and I would like to thank The Tata Trusts and Tata Steel for envisioning this and taking it to completion in a very short span of time”, added Tata Sons Chairman.
Dr Sujata Mitra informed that the number of beds had been increased from 72 to 128. There is a 58- bedded day care ward that will serve the long- standing patients’ need for short hospital stay.
In addition, a state-of-the-art True Beam radiotherapy machine has been introduced to treat patients with the most advanced and precise radiation therapy. A PET-CT machine has been installed. This is the one of its kind in Jharkhand and is an important diagnostic arm which allows early cancer detection or recurrence.
The new OPD is spacious with a help desk for patients’ convenience. MTMH has been providing cancer care to patients from Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and even Nepal since 1975.
With the inauguration of the newly upgraded MTMH spread across 70,000 sqft, cancer patients will not have to travel to other cities for treatment.
According to reports, MTMH witnessed 30,000 OPD patients this year with approximately 10,000 of them being admitted. The new cases of cancer range between 3000 and 4000 every year.
Ruchi Narendran, Rakeshwar Pandey, President MTMH Union, R Ravi Prasad, President, TWU and other senior management members of Tata Trusts, Tata Steel, TWU and other Tata Group companies were present.