The Assam health department is aiming at establishing seven cancer hospitals under Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) fully functional by April 2022.
This was informed by Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta who chaired a meeting on Thursday night to review the progress of cancer hospitals in Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Kokrajhar and Darrang.
"With the objective of making the cancer hospitals set up under ACCF fully functional in April, we held a meeting tonight to review the progress of work," Mahanta informed.
Cancer Hospitals in Guwahati, Silchar and Diphu are also coming up under ACCF.
It may be recalled that the state health department, in partnership with the Tata Trusts, set up a not-for-profit company, Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF) in December 2017 to construct and commission a three-level cancer care network in the state.
The state government has contributed about Rs 750 crore towards the construction of the cancer hospitals while Tata Trusts had undertaken the task of providing equipment required in these hospitals and committed a grant of up to Rs 830 crore for the purpose.
Mahanta also chaired a meeting with the Management Committee of Cardiothoracic and Neuroscience Centre's Hospital Management Society in Dispur.The health minister discussed in detail with officials of the health department, Tata Trusts and the construction agency.
Earlier, Mahanta chaired the first meeting with the management committee convened by the state government to oversee the proposed Assam Health Management Empowerment Project to be implemented with the financial assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Thursday.
Besides the construction of super speciality hospitals in six medical Colleges at Tezpur, Silchar, Jorhat, Barpeta, Diphu and Lakhimpur, district civil hospitals will also be built at Haflong, Hailakandi, Udalguri, Silchar, Hojai and Mangaldoi under the project.
"A state-of-the-art health centre will be set up in Guwahati as well," Mahanta informed.
Mahanta also chaired a meeting with the Management Committee of Cardiothoracic and Neuroscience Centre's Hospital Management Society in Dispur.
Several key decisions were taken after discussing in detail various aspects to make a super-speciality hospital, the CN Centre at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, functional soon.
The CN Centre will provide state-of-the-art quality medical services in the field of cardiology and neurology in Assam.