Odisha signs MOU with Tata Memorial Centre to set up 200 bed cancer hospital

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

The Odisha government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai for the establishment of a state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital at the NISER campus at Jatni near the state capital.

As per the reports, Health and Family Welfare Department signed the MoU in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. Director of Tata Memorial Centre Mumbai Dr Rajendra Badwi and Special Secretary Public Health Dr Ajit Kumar Mohanty signed the MoU.

The chief minister thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Department of Atomic Energy and NISER for their support and cooperation for the upcoming Cancer Hospital. He said that this institution will be an excellent example of cooperation between private, state government, central government and research institutions in the service of the people.

As per the provision of the MoU, the Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) under the Department of Atomic Energy will establish a 200-bed hospital and run it with a proposed cost of Rs 650 crore. The Department of Atomic Energy has earmarked Rs 400 crore for this project whereas Tata Trusts will spend Rs 250 crore on this project.

Badwi also expressed happiness over the support by the state government for the centre. He said that the centre will undertake a population-based registry to understand the magnitude of the problem.

This project will have three founding principles Service, Education and Research, an official said, adding that under the service component, this institution will offer state of the art treatment to people of Odisha so that cancer patients do not have to travel outside the state. The institution will run a full spectrum of oncological education and para-medical courses to create skilled manpower for the entire eastern part of India.

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