Odisha cabinet approves Cancer hospital, Palliative care centre in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, Apr 12 (UNI) Odisha cabinet on Monday approved a proposal to establish a cancer hospital and a palliative care centre at Bhubaneswar.
Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman Subroto Bagchi and his wife Sushmita Bagchi, Chairperson of Mo School Abhigyan have pledged Rs 340 crore for setting up of both the cancer hospital and the Palliative care centre.

Briefing newsmen after the cabinet, Chief Secretary S C Mophapatra said Sri Shankara Cancer Care Foundation, Bangalore, a Charitable institute with philanthropic practice, has volunteered to establish the proposed Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer hospital and Research institute.

Mr Subroto Bagchi and Mrs Sushmita Bagchi have pledged Rs 210 crore for the cancer hospital.Odisha government ,the Chief Secretary said, will provide 20 acres of land free of premium in Info city -II for establishment of the hospital.

The cancer hospital will start with 250 beds which will be made operational by January 2024. Later the number of beds would be expanded to 500.The cancer hospital shall provide advanced cutting edge cancer care with evidence based management of cancer cases.

Mr Mohapatra said 25 per cent of the beds shall be set aside for free treatment and another 25 per cent for patients supported under different government health schemes.The rest 50 per cent patients will pay and the revenue generated would be utilised for expansion and supporting the poor patients.

The cancer hospital will have an oncology centre of excellence with academic and research facilities with major categories services like surgical, medical and ration oncology, imaging nuclear medicine, paediatric and haemato oncology, centre for lung disease, Anaesthesia and intensive care Laboratory Diagnostic services, Blood bank and immuno-Haematology services.

Other services like Nursing, Physiotherapy training centre, De addiction clinic, Occupational Rehabilitation will also form a part of the centre. The Chief Secretary said the Karunashraya Hospital Trusts, Bangalore, a charitable organisation with philanthropic practice has volunteered to establish the Bagchi- Karunacharya Palliative care , a state of Art Palliative care hospital.

Mr Subroto Bagchi and Mrs Sushmita Bagchi will pledge Rs 130 crore for the palliative care centre.The palliative care hospital will start with 100 beds which will later be expanded. All beds will receive free services.

The palliative care hospital will be first of its kind in Odisha. The centre will provide home based palliative care too and train local doctors, health care providers and caregivers in palliative care.

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