Telangana

Tata Trust to create affordable cancer treatment network

Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy, Tata Trust chairman Ratan Tata and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao displaying the MoU signed in the city on Thursday.

Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy, Tata Trust chairman Ratan Tata and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao displaying the MoU signed in the city on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S. Giri

MoU signed with Telangana government; two apex super-speciality hospitals to be upgraded in Hyderabad

The Telangana government and the Tata Memorial Trust on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a network of high-quality affordable cancer care facilities equipped with latest technology across primary, secondary and tertiary public health institutions throughout the State.

The pact was signed in the presence of Tata Trust chairman Ratan Tata and IT Minister K.T. Rama Rao and Health Minister C. Laxma Reddy by Principal Secretary A. Shanti Kumari on behalf of the government and TT managing trustee R. Venkataramanan.

As part of the three-tier model, two apex super-speciality hospitals in Hyderabad – the MNJ Institute of Technology and the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences – would be upgraded to handle complex cases on a referral basis. Medical colleges in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar and Warangal would be strengthened to offer diagnosis and cancer treatment.

District hospitals in Karimnagar, Khammam and Nalgonda are to be developed to offer diagnostic and standardised chemotherapy. This would ensure a State-wide cancer care network, taking treatment to the patients, by strengthening existing public health system and infrastructure.

The network would ensure that no patient will have to travel more than a few hours for accessing a full suite of cancer treatment services. The model is centred on the use of technology and facilitate operations in remote areas with patient-centric design principles to provide a good in-hospital experience to the patient and care-giver. Hospitals will also take up an extensive awareness, screening and early detection programmes.

The proposed infrastructure would be able to utilise cancer related schemes of the Union and State governments like National Oral Health, Tobacco Control, Palliative Care and Health Insurance programmes. A diverse group of top global oncologists, leading cancer hospitals attached to the National Cancer Grid, engineers and contractors have been brought together to deliver on the infrastructure needed to deliver cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“We are privileged to partner with the State government in upgrading cancer care capabilities in the public health network. Patients will no longer need to travel all the way to Hyderabad except for rare and complex conditions,” said Mr. Tata, in a press release later.

The Trust will also support inclusion of post-graduate oncology courses recognized by MCI, Diplomate of National Board (DNB) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.

This initiative is the latest of Tata Trust’ effort to partner with States to decentralise cancer care in India. Similar projects are in different stages of implementation in Assam, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

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