With Bengal registering approximately 80,000 new cancer cases every year, hospitals in the city are bursting at the seams. In fact, at Tata Medical Centre, patients sometimes have to wait for two months for a surgery. In such a scenario, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI)’s brand new 500-bed hospital in Rajarhat will be a boon for patients, especially those from the lower economic strata.
CNCI’s new campus, located a few blocks away from Tata Medical Centre, will provide state-of-the-art and affordable cancer treatment.
An autonomous body under the central government, CNCI is the only governmentrun cancer specialty hospital in the state. Apart from nuclear medicine facility, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, preventive oncology,radiation oncology, preventive oncology and palliative care,the new campus will have advanced diagnostic services and the latest equipment.
The Centre had approved Rs 534 crore for the first phase of this campus in the beginning of 2014. Built on 10 acres, the hospital will also cater to patients from other states in the eastern and north eastern regions, since the number of cancer patients is increasing.
Started in 1950, the existing CNCI facility in Hazra has only 200 beds. An expansion plan in 2005 had to be aborted as the available land was insufficient. The proposal for the Rajarhat unit was made in 2008. “It has taken almost a decade since then. But things have moved quite fast. Hopefully, the hospital will see its gates being thrown open before the 2019 elections,” said a CNCI source.
Source: Times of India