Mohali, October 14
Deputy Commissioner Isha Kalia visited Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Medicity, New Chandigarh, to review its progress here today.
The ultra-modern cancer tertiary care facility is expected to be made operational by this year-end. She directed all departments concerned to extend all requisite assistance for the early opening of this prestigious project. On her visit to the construction site, she was apprised that the much-awaited centre was in the advanced stage of completion.
Reviewing the progress of the healthcare project, the Deputy Commissioner said the 300-bed state-of-the-art hospital would act as a tertiary care centre for the entire northern region, comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
“The hospital will start radiotherapy, radiology, CT scan, MRI, ultrasound, x-ray, mammography, medical oncology, chemotherapy, day care ward, pathology and lab facilities, minor OT, besides initiating OPD services such as surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, palliative care preventive oncology,” she said, adding that these facilities would be available for public soon.
Isha Kalia said the state government was fully committed for providing the best possible healthcare facilities to its citizens and the Chief Minister had desired to make this medical facility available to the people at the earliest.
She said the project, a unit of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, under the Department of Atomic Energy, was being set up with a sanctioned cost of Rs663.74 crore in the built-up area of 40,545 square meters for which 50 acres of land had been provided free of cost by the Punjab Government.
She said the cancer care centre would be equipped with high-end diagnostic and treatment facilities such as two linear accelerator, brachytherapy, PECT CT, bone marrow transplant (BMT), CT simulator, MR simulator, interventional radiology and surgical facilities, besides day-care centre, ICU and recovery units. The hospital would be fully IT based with electronic medical records facility, she said, adding that it would also be interlinked with all Tata Memorial Centres located across the country. This would help the patients of this region to get online super-specialty consultation for managing various cancer ailments under the disease management groups (DMGs).
On completion, the project will not only make healthcare facilities accessible to the region, but also help in promoting medical tourism as the state government was developing Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Mohali as hubs for medical tourism through various initiatives. Notably, the Medicity, which comprises sites for multi-specialty and super-specialty hospitals, medical research institutes and housing facilities for doctors and other staff, in New Chandigarh, was spread over 250 acres in the immediate vicinity of Chandigarh PGIMER. — TNS
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