On the other hand, Tata Trusts Chairman Ratan Tata said that cancer is a silent killer.
“Since the north-eastern part of the country has the highest occurrence of cancer cases, the Tata Trusts is committed in making cancer care inclusive. Since its inception, Tata Trusts has played a revolutionary role in transforming traditional ideas of charity and introducing the concept of humanity to make a real difference to communities. Researchers under the Trusts are working for finding cutting-edge solutions to manage cancer efficiently so that mortality due to cancer can be reduced through awareness, prevention, and early detection while taking care closer to the people,” Ratan Tata said.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that cancer treatment takes a heavy toll on the mental, physical and financial conditions of not only the patient but also the whole family. But the setting up of this 19 hospital cancer care grid in the state will revolutionize the whole cancer management and patients would be able to avail quality treatment without going outside the state.
Sonowal said that, said that ever since coming to power the present state government has initiated many schemes like Atal Amrit Abhiyan, free diagnostic facilities which have improved the public health scenario in the state. This move will further bolster the needs of the people and help in changing the healthcare facility by enabling proper services.
In the next 24 months, the construction works of the centers are expected to be completed. The state government and Tata Trusts collaborated for a joint venture under which a three-tier cancer care grid will be established in Assam with a corpus of Rs 2,200 crore to be shared on an equal basis by both parties. As per data, 90,000 cancer cases were detected in the state in the previous five years.