Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved the establishment of a cancer hospital namely ‘Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Institute’ in Bhubaneswar.
Sri Shankara Cancer Care Foundation as a charitable institute has volunteered to establish the hospital in the capital city. Subroto Bagchi, Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman, and his wife Susmita Bagchi have pledged Rs 210 crore for the cancer hospital.
The Government of Odisha will provide 20 acres of land in Infocity-II, Bhubaneswar free of cost for establishment of the hospital.
In the first phase, the hospital will be equipped with 250 beds and shall be operational by January, 2024. Later, it shall be converted into a 500-bedded hospital. It shall provide advanced cutting-edge cancer care with evidence-based management of cancer cases. A total of 25% beds shall be set aside for free treatment, another 25% for patients supported under different Government health schemes and rest 50% patients will pay for the services.
The revenue generated shall be utilized for expansion and supporting the poor patients. It will be an oncology centre of excellence with academic and research facilities with major categories of services like surgical, medical and radiation oncology, imaging nuclear medicine, paediatric and haemato oncology, centre for lung disease, anaesthesia & intensive care, laboratory diagnostic services, blood bank and immuno haematology services. Other services like nursing, physiotherapy training centre, deaddiction clinic, occupational rehabilitation will also form a part of the centre.