The Odisha government signed an MoU with Tata Trusts, Mumbai to set up a Tata Memorial Hospital in Bhubaneswar, which will be a state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment and Research Hospital and Tata Trusts will set up and manage the cancer treatment facility. It will be benchmarked to the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan N Tata. The Odisha government will facilitate and contribute in setting up the centre by providing land to the extent of 25 acres free of cost, said a statement.
The comprehensive care programme will be set up through a three-tier network of facilities with the Tata Trusts’s proposed centre at Bhubaneswar and Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre in Cuttack as apex centres, it added.
The medical colleges in the state and the district hospitals will be equipped to offer diagnostics and standardised day care chemotherapy with selected district hospitals additionally offering radiotherapy services, the statement said.
This will create a state-wide cancer care network with an objective to take treatment closest to patients. A sum of Rs 800 crore has been earmarked for executing and grounding the cancer care projects under the programme over a period of next five years. Of this, Odisha’s share will be Rs 500 crore, while Tata Trusts have committed Rs 300 crore.