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RST Cancer Hospital to be merged with GMCH

Maharashtra Minister of Medical Education Amit Deshmukh has directed officials to submit a detailed proposal to the Department of Medical Education with a view to merge Rashtrasant Tukadoji Regional Cancer Hospital with the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and also to create a state-of-the-art facility for independent cancer treatment. Minister said that a study would be done by the department and a meeting would be held in this regard.

Deshmukh took this decision after a meeting on various issues of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Divisional Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Nagpur, was held at the Ministry. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Sunil Kedar was present in the meeting.

At present, the Department of Radiotherapy is functioning at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, which provides some cancer treatment facilities. The department will be upgraded to have state-of-the-art facilities for cancer treatment and administrative approval has also been given for the necessary construction. Cancer treatment is being done through Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Cancer Foundation, which is close to Government Medical College and Hospital.

The proposal for upgradation of Cancer Department at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) was approved by the Government led by Prithviraj Chavan. He had taken the decision when late Dr Krishna Kamble, the then Head of Department of Radiotherapy met him with some children who cried for want of treatment. Chavan had immediately swung into action and offered all help. The previous Government led by Devendra Fadnavis had proposed a Cancer Institute in GMCH. It was supposed to take off as the movements in that direction had began long back. The question what would happen to the above plans is still unanswered.

Late Dr Kamble throughout his life fought for the project or institute to be developed in GMCH that never came into existence. The new proposal clearly indicates that the old project would have no place. The meeting was attended by Medical Education Secretary Saurabh Vijay, Medical Education Commissioner Virendra Singh, Director of Medical Education Dr Dilip Mhaisekar, Deputy Secretary of Medical Education Department Prakash Survase, Vice President of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Divisional Cancer Hospital Dr Kartar Singh, Ashok Kripalani, Anil Malvi, Superintendent Dr Kailash Sharma. The Hitavada ePape

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