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State Funds Cancer Care

Bhubaneswar: The State Government has decided to provide financial support of Rs 150 crore to Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) for construction of a state-of-the-art Paediatric cancer facility at the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCHRC) at Jatni.   

State Health and Family Welfare Secretary Shalini Pandit has informed about the decision of the State Government to provide funds for the project to the TMC in a letter on Friday.

“State Government will support funding of Rs 150 crore (80 crores for the building and 70 crores for the equipment) for construction of a state of the art Paediatric Cancer facility at the Cancer Hospital. This amount will be placed with TMC, Mumbai for the purpose,” the Secretary said.

The Government has also decided to provide financial support of Rs 120 crore for establishment of Dharmashala-cum-guest house in the vicinity of the hospital. The fund will be given for construction of two blocks of Dharmasala-cum-guest house of about 2 lakh square feet near the HBCHRC.

The State Works Department would construct the guest house building in consultation with the TMC team and later it will be handed over to the TMC, Pandit said.  

On October 3, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at NISER campus in Jatni.

It may be mentioned here that the Government of Odisha had signed an MoU with Tata Memorial Center Mumbai in September 2022 for establishment of a 200 bedded state-of-the-art Cancer Hospital by TMC, Mumbai in the campus of NISER at Jatni near Bhubaneswar.

Tata Steel Foundation will build the hospital at a cost of Rs. 250 Crore and donate it to Tata Memorial Centre, Department of Atomic Energy for running it. The Department of Atomic Energy has sanctioned Rs. 400 Crore to purchase equipment, construct the Dharmashala, residential complex, and hire human resources. The hospital will be fully commissioned by December 2025.

The facility will house the latest cancer treatment technology, including radiation therapy, advanced surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and stem cell transplant ensuring patients receive the best possible care.