Chief minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone of Odisha Cancer Treatment Hospital and Research Center (OCHRC) at Ratagarh in Baranga Tehsil in Cuttack district. The center will be bench marked to the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Speaking on the occasion Naveen Patnaik said, “Today we started a new era in cancer treatment to provide high quality and affordable cares treatment services in the state.” A sum of Rs 800 crore has been earmarked for executing and grounding the cancer project under the program over a period of next five years. Out of this Odisha government’s share will be Rs 500 crore while Tata Trusts will spend Rs 300 crore. The state has provided 15 acres of land free of cost for OCHRC. “The Tata Trusts has immense expertise in the field of cancer care and research. The comprehensive cancer care program in partnership with Tata Trusts will certainly create the much-needed synergy. I am happy to note that the first phase of this center will be commissioned in about a year’s time,” Naveen added. OCHRC will have facilities like diagnosis, chemotherapy, endoscopy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, clinical pathology, histo-pathology, Onco-surgery, critical care, advance imaging, telemedicine and clinical research.
Chairman of Tata Trusts Ratan Tata said, “The state has changed enormously in last few years. Cancer is a major thrust area and the Tata Trusts will share their knowledge in cancer care to support the state’s effort in high end cancer treatment.” To provide comprehensive and accessible cancer care the state government has signed an MoU with Tata Trusts in May 2018. As a part of the partnership, there are plans to set up and manage a network of 15 cancer care centers in the state and a 120-beded greenfield cancer center at Jharsuguda, the foundation stone of which was laid by the CM on January 24, 2019. Besides, a comprehensive cancer care program will be set up through a three-tier network facility with the OCHRC and Acharya Harihara Regional Cancer Center in Cuttack as apex center. The medical colleges in the state and district hospitals will be equipped to offer diagnostics and standardized day-care chemotherapy. In the last two years, over 12,000 patients have been evaluated and 8000 cycles of chemotherapy have been administered to patients in these centers. Besides, population-based cancer registry will be set up for early diagnosis of the disease. – TOI