Milestone in Healthcare: Odisha’s New Cancer Hospital Inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

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  • Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute, a monumental addition to the state’s healthcare infrastructure.
  • With a staggering investment of Rs 410 crore, spearheaded by the Bangalore-based Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, this facility stands as a beacon of hope for cancer patients.
  • Subroto Bagchi, and his wife Susmita Bagchi have contributed Rs 340 Cr generously.
  • Emphasizing the government’s commitment to bolstering healthcare infrastructure, the Chief Minister highlighted Odisha’s emergence as a medical care hub.
  • Gratitude resonated throughout the ceremony as Chief Minister Patnaik thanked the Bagchi family and the Sri Shankara Foundation for their benevolent initiative.

On a momentous occasion, Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute, a monumental addition to the state’s healthcare infrastructure. This comprehensive cancer hospital, erected on 22 acres of land in Bhubaneswar, marks a significant stride towards providing quality and affordable cancer care in the region.

With a staggering investment of Rs 410 crore, spearheaded by the Bangalore-based Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, and a generous contribution of Rs 340 crore from Subroto Bagchi, co-founder of Mind Tree, and his wife Susmita Bagchi, this state-of-the-art facility stands as a beacon of hope for cancer patients across Odisha and the eastern part of the country.

During the inauguration ceremony, Chief Minister Patnaik expressed his optimism about the hospital’s transformative impact, stating, “The new hospital will be instrumental in providing quality and affordable treatment to cancer patients of Odisha as well as the eastern region of the country.” With the capacity to accommodate 750 beds, the facility is poised to serve a substantial portion of the state’s cancer patients.

Emphasizing the government’s commitment to bolstering healthcare infrastructure, the Chief Minister highlighted Odisha’s emergence as a medical care hub in the eastern region over the past two decades. He underscored the expansion of medical colleges and the strengthening of primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare systems as key milestones in this journey towards comprehensive healthcare delivery.

Gratitude resonated throughout the ceremony as Chief Minister Patnaik thanked the Bagchi family and the Sri Shankara Foundation for their benevolent initiative. He also urged citizens to prioritize healthy lifestyles, emphasizing prevention as a pivotal aspect of disease management.

The Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including 12 cutting-edge modular operation theatres, two advanced linear accelerators, and a brachytherapy unit for radiation oncology. Equipped with the latest technology, the centre can provide radiotherapy to over 300 patients daily and chemotherapy to more than 150 patients, making it a cornerstone in the fight against cancer.

Subroto Bagchi, Chief Advisor to the Odisha government for institutional capacity building, highlighted the patient-centric approach of the hospital, ensuring a divine atmosphere for treatment. Dr. BS Srinath, Managing Trustee of the Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the institution’s commitment to delivering compassionate and personalized care to each patient.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by Health and Family Welfare Minister Niranjan Pujari, chairman of 5T initiatives Nabin Odisha VK Pandian, Health Secretary Shalini Pandit, and other dignitaries, reflecting the collective commitment to advancing healthcare in the state.

As Odisha celebrates this milestone in healthcare, the Bagchi Sri Shankara Cancer Centre and Research Institute stand as a testament to the power of collaboration, compassion, and innovation in combating one of humanity’s most formidable adversaries.

 

(With inputs from agencies)

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