Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid the foundation stone for two state-of-the-art cancer care institutions at infovalley here on the occasion of Ratha Jatra today.
Odisha skill Development Authority Chairman Subrato Bagchi and his wife Sushmita Bagchi have donated Rs 340 crore for the two global standard cancer-care institutions: Bagchi-Sri Shankar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre and Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre. .
While Sri Shankar Foundation will run 750-bed cancer hospital, Bengaluru-based hospice foundation will run the palliative care unit. The palliative care unit will have 110 beds and provide free services.
Both the projects will offer world class cancer and palliative care facilities and help Bhubaneswar become a leading centre of the country in cancer care and palliative services.
CM Naveen said both the institutions will help the patients of Odisha especially the poor access quality health care facilities . He assured that the state Government will provide all support for its early completion to serve the people.
Shankara Cancer Foundation led by Dr Srinath is setting up the cancer hospital which will work on a cross-subsidy model. I am sure this center will become the leading research institution and attract oncologists from across the world to serve humanity.
We are also happy that Bangalore Hospice Trust, a kind institution providing world-class palliative care, is now being set up in Odisha and it would be completely free of cost.
–CM Naveen Patnaik
Dr Srinath of Shankar Cancer Foundation said the hospital will be a one-stop cancer centre with all the treatment facilities, including bone marrow transplantation. The hospital will have a PG training facility on oncology.
“The palliative centre in Bhubaneswar will be developed as the best palliative care facility in the world. They will train over 25,000 youth, including tribal girls, in next five years,” said Dr Gurmit Randhawa of Karunashraya.