Assistance being provided for tertiary Care cancer centres

Assistance being provided for tertiary Care cancer centres

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New Delhi, Dec 28: Under the strengthening of tertiary care cancer facilities scheme under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke, financial assistance is being provided for setting up of State Cancer Institutes and Tertiary Care Cancer Centres in different parts of the country.

Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) Anupriya Patel said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here that the maximum permissible assistance for SCI is Rs 120 crore and for TCCC is Rs 45 crore, which includes state share of 40 per cent, except for North-Eastern and Himalayan states where the state share is 10 per cent.

Assistance under this scheme is for procurement of radio therapy equipment, diagnostic equipment, surgical equipment, enhancement of indoor patient facility for cancer and such other purposes relevant for diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer. Up to 30 per cent of the approved cost can be used for construction.

Health is a state subject. The Centre supplements the efforts of the state governments to prevent and control cancer and to provide affordable and accessible care, she added.

A request was received from the Maharashtra government for setting up TCCC at BKL Walawalkar Hospital Diagnostic & Research Centre in Ratnagiri district.

However, under the scheme, two TCCCs were envisaged to be set up in Maharashtra and the proposals for the same have already been approved at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Nagpur and Vivekanand Medical Foundation & Research Centre, Latur, as per the recommendations of the state government and first installment of the Central share has also been released. (UNI)