alicut City Service Cooperative Bank Ltd. will set up a Rs.400-crore cancer hospital and research centre at Chooloor, near Vellilasseri, under the Chathamangalam grama panchayat on the outskirts of the city.
A charitable society, Cancer and Allied Ailments Research (Care) Foundation, formed for the purpose, has decided to name the hospital in memory of Communist Marxist Party (CMP) leader M.V. Raghavan (MVR Cancer Centre) in recognition of his contribution to the cooperative sector in the State. The governing body of the foundation includes directors of the bank, oncologists, doctors, engineers, retired police officers, and lawyers.
A cancer hospital in the region has been necessitated in view of the increasing number of patients in north Kerala. About 40 new patients from Malabar seek treatment daily at the Regional Cancer Centre in Thiruvananthapuram. And 80 per cent of the cases are detected only in third or fourth stage of the life-threatening disease.
The hospital plans to introduce latest treatment methods adopted for cancer, establish molecular diagnostic system, and rope in the best research teams available in the country, Narayanankutty Warrier, oncologist, said.
Bank chairman and Care president C.N. Vijayakrishnan told mediapersons here on Tuesday that the governing body had decided to provide treatment free of cost to 30 per cent of the patients.
The State government had also recognised the project under “Mission 676” of the cooperative sector. The hospital would start functioning in 2016 and the project would be completed in January 2017, he said.
He said the 175-bed hospital project had been conceived four years ago. Subsequently a 15.5 acre plot was also purchased at Chooloor, three km from the National Institute of Technology-Calicut. The delay in getting approval from various agencies affected the project. The Chattamangalam grama panchayat gave approval for construction on June 16, 2015.
Water for the hospital would be pumped from Pazhoor river, five km from the project site, Mr. Vijayakrishnan said.
governing body has decided to provide treatment free of cost to 30 per cent of patients