Bhubaneswar: Patnaik Lays Foundation Stone For New Cancer Hospital, Palliative Care Centre

Demonstrating that access to quality healthcare is amongst his top agendas for the development of the Bhubaneswar Smart City project, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday laid the foundation stones for a cancer hospital and a palliative care centre at Infovalley in the state capital.

The two projects that shall be coming up are both sponsored in part by Subroto Bagchi, who heads the Odisha Skill Development Corporation and his wife, Susmita Bagchi. In all, the couple donated Rs 340 crores towards the establishment of the two cancer care institutions. The Cancer Care centre has been named the Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, while the other has been labelled the Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre.

The 750-bed cancer hospital will be directly run and managed by the Sri Shankar Foundation, while the Bengaluru-based Hospice Trust has been enrolled to run the 110-bed palliative care unit. The two institutions will help Bhubaneswar to reinforce its position as a leading centre of the country in cancer care and palliative services. According to the proposals, the palliative care unit will provide services free of charge.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that with the establishment of the two units, healthcare access would be improved significantly, and remarked that the state government would provide all support necessary for its early completion. Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, led by Dr Srinath, is setting up the cancer hospital on a cross-subsidy model. Patnaik noted that Kishore Rao and Gurmeet Randhawa, founders of Bangalore Hospice Trust and their team have been serving the needs of the dying with dignity for over 25 years through their Karunashraya.

At the foundation stone-laying ceremony, which also coincided with the Rathyatra, Subroto Bagchi said, “We are starting this initiative on the day of Rath Yatra and there cannot be a more devotional work than serving the people.”

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