Naveen lays foundation stone of two cancer care institutes in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday laid the foundation stone for two state-of-the-art cancer care institutions at info valley on the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra.

Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subroto Bagchi and his wife Sushmita Bagchi have donated Rs 340 crore for these two global standard cancer-care institutions.

The two hospitals are Bagchi-Sri Shankar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre.

While Sri Shankar Foundation will run the 750 bedded cancer hospital, Bengaluru based hospice foundation will run the palliative care unit.

The palliative care unit will have 110 beds and will provide free service. Both the projects offer world class cancer and palliative care facilities and will help Bhubaneswar to become a leading centre of the country in cancer care and palliative services.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Patnaik said that both the institutions will help the patients of Odisha especially the poor in accessing quality health care facilities.

He assured that the state government will provide all support for its early completion to serve the people.

Mr Patnaik congratulated Mrs Susmita Bagchi and Mr Subroto Bagchi for their philanthropy and noble efforts to create two world-class institutions in Odisha.

“Their philanthropy is an inspiration for Odisha and the people will remember them for their contribution,” the chief minister remarked.

Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, led by Dr Srinath, is setting up the cancer hospital which will work on a cross-subsidy model, the Chief Minister said.

The 750-bedded hospital with latest technology will become the leading research institution and attract oncologists from across the world to serve humanity, he said.

The Chief Minister further said Mr Kishore Rao and Mr Gurmeet Randhawa, founders of Bangalore Hospice Trust and their team have been serving the needs of the dying with dignity for over 25 years through their Karunashraya.

“We are happy that such a kind institution providing world-class palliative care is now being set up in Odisha,Mr.Patnaik said adding it is heartening to note that world class Palliative care would be completely free of cost.

Dr Srinath of Shankar Cancer Foundation expressed his gratitude to the Chief Minister and the Bagchi family for this noble initiative. He said the hospital will be a one stop cancer centre with all the treatment facility including bone marrow transplantation. The hospital will have a PG Training facility on oncology, he added.

Dr Gurmit Randhawa of Karunashraya said that the palliative centre in Bhubaneswar will be developed as the best palliative care facility in the world.

He said they will train over 25 ,000 youth, including tribal girls, in next five years.

Welcoming the guests, Mr Bagchi said ‘’ we are starting this initiative on the day of Rath Yatra and there cannot be a more devotional work than serving the people.