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Tata Trusts –Assam govt to set up unique 3-tier cancer care grid


GUWAHATI: Assam government and philanthropic Tata Trusts are collaborating to set up a unique, first-of-its-king three-level cancer care grid in Assam with an estimated investment od Rs 1400 crore to be shared between the Tata Trusts and Assam government.

It has been informed by Assam’s health minister Dr Himanta Bishwa Sarma who has met the Chairman on Tata Trusts, Ratan Tata and other members of the Trusts for the purpose in Mumbai.

Dr Sarma on Thursday tweeted, “In what may become a rare philanthropy- government collaboration on cancer care and management, government of Assam and Tata Trusts are working on setting up a unique, first-of-its-kind, 3-level cancer care grid at state, capital nd district levels which is likely to have an investment of Rs1400 crore and proposed to be shared between Tata Trusts and the State.

“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 protocols with a focus on South Asia.”

Under the grid system, L1 or state level cancer care institute at Guwahati to have advanced, tertiary care facilities; L2 or medial college to have chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology and L3 or district hospitals to have day care, chemotherapy and radiation facilities.

“we are certain that the proposed Centre at Guwahati would be able to cater to the needs of the entire North East, “Dr Sarma tweeted.

Following the health minister’s fruitful discussion with Ratan Tata, it is expected that a positive announcement is on the offing from the Tata Trusts shortly on this collaboration.

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