The state government is going to set up a cancer centre at the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
Dr Nirmal Maji, the chairman of Rogi Kalyan Samiti at the CMCH said that a modern campus will come up at the hospital which will house the cancer centre. The proposed cancer centre will be one of the biggest cancer treatment clinics in Eastern India, claimed Dr Maji. The Cancer centre will be situated inside the 11 storey new building, the construction of which has already begun.
The building will come up between Eden Building and the Green building. The state government will bear the cost of the project. Around Rs 600 thousand crore has been allotted for the project, Dr Maji said.
The state government has already got clearance from the Union Health Ministry in this regard.
The state Health department has taken up the initiative to set up a Centre exclusively dealing with cancer patients from across the state.
The main purpose is to ensure that the people suffering from cancer do not face any difficulties and they get better opportunities. This will take off the pressure of the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute at Hazra.
Dr Maji believes that once the new cancer centre comes up at the CMCH it will open a new horizon in the health services in the state.
The patients from different districts will be able to consult doctors and can get treatment at the hospital free of cost.
Around six new buildings are coming up at the CMCH which will cater to a huge number of patients.
It may be mentioned here that the state government has also decided to set up a trauma care building at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital which will have a helipad on its rooftop. This is for the first time such an initiative has been taken by the state Health department.
Sources said that the project would cost around Rs 1,000 crore. The land has already been identified where the new 11 storey building would come up. Testing of soil and other necessary tests regarding the quality of land have been completed.
Medical Super of the CMCH Sikha Banerjee said that this is for the first time a state-run hospital is going to get a cancer centre equipped with modern facilities. Besides the mega cancer centre, an emergency ward will be also be opened at the hospital. All the advanced gadgets would be available at the cancer centre.