The Bengal government is going to set up state-of-the-art cancer centers at three districts — Murshidabad, Burdwan and Kolkata — with an objective to provide affordable and accessible healthcare facilities to cancer patients. Land has been identified at Baburbag area adjacent to the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital where construction of the cancer center will start soon. The state government will bear the entire cost of the projects. The other two centers will come up at the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital and Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital. According to sources, the centers will have surgical oncology, medical oncology, neuro-medicine, neurosurgery, nuclear medicine, preventive oncology, radiotherapy and cancer diagnostics facilities. Setting up of dedicated cancer centers will open a new chapter in state government’s initiative against cancer. Earlier, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stressed on infrastructural revamp at all state-run medical colleges and hospitals.
She directed the state health department to provide healthcare facilities free of cost at all government hospitals. The new cancer units at three places would be a further boost to the initiative. “We will have all the modern facilities for comprehensive care and cancer diagnosis in the proposed hospitals. The construction of the cancer centers is expected to start soon. Both the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital and Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital cater to a number of patients from various parts of the neighbouring districts,” said a senior health department official. A number of cancer patients, who cannot afford expensive treatment at private hospitals, opt for state-run hospitals. The new centers have been envisaged to meet the heath care needs of such patients. An official from the Burdwan Medical College and Hospital said construction of an eight-storied building, where all cancer-related treatment would be available under one roof, would start shortly. “The new cancer centers will help the patients to get treatment at low cost. These centers will cater patients from to the Eastern and North-Eastern states as well. The project has already received the administrative approval and the construction work is expected to begin in May this year,” said a health department official. – Millennium Post