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Odisha’s Landmark Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital: A Beacon of Hope in Cancer Care and Research

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Odisha’s Landmark Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital: A Beacon of Hope in Cancer Care and Research

Odisha’s Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, located at the NISER Campus in Jatani, near Bhubaneswar. This state-of-the-art facility will set global standards for cancer care, research, and innovation. The hospital, boasting 200 beds, is scheduled for full commissioning by December 2025.

During the event, the Chief Minister highlighted the significance of this facility for the people of Odisha, emphasizing that it will eliminate the need for cancer patients to seek treatment in distant cities like Mumbai. This development is expected to provide significant relief both financially and mentally to those in need. Additionally, patients from neighboring states such as Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh will benefit from this world-class center.

Acknowledging the crucial support from the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, NISER, Tata Steel Foundation, and Tata Memorial Centre, the Chief Minister announced the government’s commitment to provide essential infrastructure, including access roads, transportation through Mo Bus services, bus stops, and a dedicated fire station near the hospital. The facility will also be empanelled under the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana to offer free healthcare to Odisha’s residents, along with plans to establish an Aahar Kendra on its premises.

Furthermore, the state government has allocated over 65 acres of land and Rs 150 crore in financial assistance for the establishment of a cutting-edge Medical Cyclotron facility, which is set to become the most advanced Research Level Cyclotron in Asia.

Naveen Patnaik underscored healthcare as a top priority for the government, emphasizing ongoing efforts to enhance healthcare infrastructure, prioritize health education, and recruit more doctors. The establishment of new medical colleges each year contributes to a growing pool of trained medical professionals. The flagship Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana is providing free healthcare to over 94 lakh families across the country, significantly reducing the burden of healthcare expenses for citizens.

Notably, an MoU was signed between the Government of Odisha and Tata Memorial Center, Mumbai, in September 2022, paving the way for the creation of the 200-bedded Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital on NISER’s campus in Jatani.

The Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre represents a visionary project dedicated to delivering world-class cancer care, research, and support services. It will feature cutting-edge technology, renowned medical experts, and a patient-centric approach to cancer treatment, ultimately aiming to enhance the lives of individuals and families affected by cancer.

Tata Steel Foundation is taking on the construction of the hospital, with an estimated cost of Rs 250 crore, and will donate it to the Tata Memorial Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, for operation. The Department of Atomic Energy has allocated Rs 400 crore for equipment procurement, construction, residential facilities, and staffing. The hospital is on track for full operation by December 2025, offering a comprehensive range of cancer treatments, including radiation therapy, advanced surgery, chemotherapy, targeted therapies, and stem cell transplants.

Moreover, the facility will serve as a hub for cancer research, fostering innovation and advancements in cancer treatment and prevention. It will actively engage in community outreach efforts to raise awareness about cancer prevention and early detection through screening and early detection programs in the Khurdha district.

Notable figures, including Health & Family Welfare Minister Niranjan Pujari, Jatani MLA Suresh Kumar Routray, Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy Ajit Mohanty, and the Director of Tata Steel Foundation, also shared their perspectives during the event.

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