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Cancer centre to come up on fast-track mode in Kerala

Cheif Minister Oommen Chandy taking a look at the replica of the proposed cancer centre in Kochi dsuring the centre's inauguration here on Monday. Photo:Vipin Chandran

Cheif Minister Oommen Chandy taking a look at the replica of the proposed cancer centre in Kochi dsuring the centre's inauguration here on Monday. Photo:Vipin Chandran   | Photo Credit: Vipin Chandran

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Chandy said more sources of revenue would be identified to fund cancer treatment. Suvarnam project, intended for the purpose, would take shape in October.

An international-level Cancer Hospital and Research Institute is expected to come up at Kalamassery in 24 months, giving a major fillip to cancer treatment and research in the State.

Laying the foundation stone for the Rs.482-crore cancer institute at the 10 acres of land earmarked near the Government Medical College at Kalamassery on Monday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the State was focussed on providing free treatment to patients as the burden cast by the disease on patients, both economic and psychological, was immense.

He said more sources of revenue would be identified to fund cancer treatment. Suvarnam project, intended for the purpose, would take shape in October.

Cardiology dept

Mr. Chandy announced that the Government Medical College at Ernakulam would soon have a cardiology department. At present, there are no full-fledged superspecialty departments in the medical college even after 14 years of its existence.

Minister for Health V.S. Sivakumar, who presided over the function, said the project would be completed on a fast track mode and applauded the role of V.R. Krishna Iyer, former judge of the Supreme Court, in providing the lead in the demand for such a centre here. With the State reporting 50,000 new cancer cases every year, the institute would cater to 10,000 cases in and around the district, said Mr. Sivakumar.

Dr. V.P. Gangadharan, special officer for the project, said the institute had been conceived as a centre for treatment and high-level research in cancer. Besides clinical research, there would be research in basic molecular biology.

Early detection and palliative care for the terminally ill would be the hallmark of the institute, he said.

The project would be executed by the public sector HSCC, the hospital services consultancy.

Speaking on the occasion, chairman and managing director of HSCC Gyanesh Pandey said the institute was the third largest in the country among the 35 cancer hospitals being built. It would cater to 1,200 patients daily.

Mr. Krishna Iyer, speaking on the occasion, expressed the hope that the institute should strive to uphold the right to live even as cancer destroys that very right of a person.

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