Assam government will soon set up a three-level cancer care grid in the state and a cancer research centre for the South Asian region with the support of Tata Trusts, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Thursday.
Sarma, who met Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata and other members of the organisation in Mumbai Wednesday, said the state government and Tata Trusts were working on this “first-of-the-kind” three-level cancer care grid which would draw an investment of about Rs 1,400 crore. The investment is proposed to be shared between the state government and Tata Trusts.
“I am extremely delighted to have met the legendary Ratan Tata and members of the Tata Trusts for what may become a rare philanthropy-government collaboration on cancer care and management,” Sarma said in a message sent out on social media.
He said once in place, L1 or a state-level cancer care institute in Guwahati would have advanced tertiary care facilities, L2 or medical colleges in the state would have facilities for chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology, and L3 or district hospitals would have day-care, chemotherapy and radiation facilities.