GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday met business tycoon Ratan Tata in Mumbai to discuss a philanthropy-Government collaboration on cancer care and management in the State. “The State Government and the Tata Trusts are working on setting up a first-of-its kind three-level cancer care grid in the State capital and district levels which is likely to have an investment of Rs 1,400 crore and is likely to be shared between Tata Trust and the State Government,” said Sarma.
“This shall also leverage various State and Central Government schemes. A South Asian Cancer Research Centre is also proposed to be set up to undertake research on identifying reasons and develop treatment protocol with a focus on South Asia,” the Minister said.
Under the grid system, the State-level cancer care institute at Guwahati will have advanced tertiary care facilities, while the medical colleges will have chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology facilities. Besides, the district hospitals will have daycare, chemotherapy and radiation facilities as well.
“We are expecting a positive response shortly,” said the Minister in a statement.