Now cancer care will be a next-door thing for you – All thanks to Ratan Tata
In a nice gesture, Tata Trusts, led by Ratan Tata has pledged Rs 1,000 crore and other resources to help the central government develop cancer-care facilities in five states. The initiative will drastically help to improve access to treatment for thousands of patients.
The 1,000-crore aid pledged by Tata Trusts will come in the form of internal infrastructure and medical equipment. Their doctors and paramedical staff will be trained by Tata Memorial Hospital. The facilities in the states of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be created either fresh or upgraded on the lines of Parel’s Tata Memorial Hospital, which attends to patients from across the country.
The Tata Memorial Hospital provides free or highly subsidized treatment in over 60 per cent of the cases. But the process takes a lot of time due to massive workload. Since majority of the patients hail from struggling families, they cannot afford to stay in an expensive city like Mumbai for a long time; hence many quit the treatment midway. The new facilities will help curb this problem.
Tata Trusts has already signed an agreement with the Assam government to upgrade the main cancer care institute in Guwahati.