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Cancer Care Gets Boost

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said that his government is upgrading facilities for treatment of cancer in the State.

As a result the people of the State need not go outside seeking better treatment facilities of Cancer, he said dedicating MRI and CT Scan services at Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer in Cuttack on the virtual platform.

The Chief Minister said that in the next 2-3 years, the State will have sufficient latest facilities for cancer care.

He said that the patients at AHPGIC can access these services free-of-cost and they would not depend on the SCB Medical College for these services.

“This will result in timely and accurate diagnosis leading to early treatment,” he added.

Emphasizing that the Government is committed to provide the best care to the cancer patients in the State he said, “We are investing in upgrading and expanding the facilities at this institute to make it a leading Centre in the country.”

Highlighting the efforts of the State Government, he said that it is establishing cancer care facilities across the State.

“The Bargarh Cancer hospital will also be initiated shortly. Apart from the district cancer chemo-therapy programme, we are also committed to better cancer care facilities with up-gradation of existing radio therapy units and creation of new radio therapy units at different districts of the State. All these facilities will help in early diagnosis and recovery,” he added.

Patnaik further said that we have also been inviting renowned private and charity organizations in this field to set up facilities in the State.

Recently, foundation stone was laid for the state-of-the-art Cancer Care and Palliative Care Centre in Bhubaneswar with philanthropic support and partnerships, he reminded.

Joining the programme from AHPGIC on virtual link the Health Minister Nabakishore Das appreciated the Chief Minister’s leadership on development of health infrastructure in the state and provision of  free quality treatment to patients across the state including Covid.

 Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Souvik Biswal praised the efforts of the Chief Minister on health front and said that he has been standing tall to protect the people of the state in any disaster.

Additional Chief Secretary of Health PK Mohapatra spoke about different steps taken by the govt for treatment of cancer patients while Director of AHPGIC offered the vote of thanks.

Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) VK Pandian moderated the programme.