Bhubaneswar, May 31: Odisha have good news to offer for its people as cancer patients as free chemotherapy will be available at all district headquarters hospital in Odisha. The announcement came on the eve of ‘World No Tobacco Day’.
The state government extended the cancer treatment facility to all the district headquarters hospitals where only 13 districts were covered earlier – including Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar and Ispat General Hospital (IGH), Rourkela. With this, cancer patients would be able to avail free chemotherapy and consultation at district headquarters hospitals.
“Poor people, especially tribals, residing in villages will be benefited from the health program. As the treatment would be available near their house, it would reduce physical, emotional and financial burden. In the next two years, radiotherapy centers would be set up at Nabarangpur, Jharsuguda, Angul and Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar at a cost of Rs 40 to Rs 50 crore each,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
Besides, Patnaik announced that steps would be initiated to detect and treat cancer at an early stage at the community level. The program would be run under the active supervision of Mumbai-based medical oncologist Dr. Dinesh Pendharkar. The oncologist will be offering his services free to the state government.