Visakhapatnam

Funds sought for tertiary cancer centre proposed at King George Hospital

‘3,000 patients from A.P, Odisha and Chhattisgarh approach the hospital every year’

Praja Arogya Vedika (PAV) has appealed to Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Harsha Vardhan to allocate fund to the tertiary cancer centre proposed at the King George Hospital (KGH).

Letter to Minister

In a letter to the Union Minister, PAV general secretary T. Kameswara Rao said an agreement was already signed between the Centre, the State and the KGH for establishment of the tertiary cancer centre.

Expert panel report

“An expert committee appointed by the Union government visited the KGH in September last year. After inspecting the facility, the expert panel had submitted a report to the Union Ministry of health and family Welfare, seeking funds for purchase of the required equipment. A building was also constructed for the Oncology Block at a cost of ₹20 crore,” he said.

Mr. Kameswara Rao said around 3,000 cancer patients from neighbouring districts as well as from Odisha and Chhattisgarh come to KGH for treatment every year.

“In the absence of a full-fledged tertiary cancer care centre, many patients are being referred to other hospitals, despite the availability of specialists such as medical oncologists and surgical oncologists at KGH,” Mr. Kameswara Rao pointed out.

The vedika general secretary sought sanction of ₹40 crore at the earliest for purchase of the required equipment and to start the tertiary cancer care centre for the benefits of thousands of cancer patients.

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