The Tata Trust pioneered by the owner of Tata Groups, Mr. Ratan Tata promised Rs. 1,000 crore along with other resources in developing cancer care centers in 5 states. Led by former Tata group chief Ratan Tata, Tata Trusts, which is one of the top charitable trusts in the country, has decided to take a big step in boosting cancer-related treatment in the country.
According to the Mumbai Mirror report, the initiative will be a boon for thousands of patients that have a problem in accessing treatment for cancer and travel to Mumbai for treatment at Parel, Tata Memorial Hospital, the country’s premier cancer care center.
According to the reports, the Tata Trusts have initiated a three phase projects in 5 different states to either build new hospitals or renew the old cancer care hospitals. The hospital, the country’s top cancer-care centre, provides free or highly subsidised treatment in over 60 per cent of the cases. But the massive workload invariably leads to a long waitlist. Majority of the patients hail from struggling families which cannot afford to stay in an expensive city like Mumbai for a long time. Many quit the treatment midway. The new facilities will help tackle this problem. The new facilities will be based in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
According to Mumbai Mirror, the trust’s project in Assam will cost Rs 540-crore, whereas its hospital in Jaipur will come up at a cost of Rs 200 crore. The Trusts will get 23.5 acres land in Ranchi and the Indian Railways cancer institute and research centre will be upgraded in Varanasi. In Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh, the Tirupati Balaji Temple Trust will provide 25 acres for a new facility.
The Rs. 1,000 crore aid promised by the Tata Trusts will arrive in the form of internal infrastructure and medical equipment. The doctors and paramedical staff will be trained by Tata Memorial Hospital.
The Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on October12, “I am extremely delighted to have met the legendary Ratan Tata and member of the Tata Trusts for what may become a rare philanthropy government collaboration ob cancer care and management.”
The Parel Tata Memorial Hospital has 700 bed with 67,000 new cancer patients across the country every year. Having a cancer treatment care center in more parts of India will definitely provide a relief for many many patients who travel from across the world.