Hyderabad: The upgradation of MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Centre, Red Hills, which is the only State-run tertiary referral cancer care facility for the two Telugu speaking States, from 250 beds to 450 beds, is expected to be completed in few months.
With State health authorities, Ministry of Health and authorities at MNJ Cancer Hospital expressing interest in completing the entire process at the earliest, efforts have been intensified to expedite the works.
While the first three floors of the new building, which is coming up within the campus of MNJ Hospital, are ready, the stress is on completion of fourth and fifth floors of the new block that will entirely house operation theatres.
The two floors will have eight State-of-the-art hi-tech modular operation theatres, which are coming up with a cost of nearly Rs 40 crore. The work related to the construction of the eight modular theatres is underway and expected to be completed in another two months.
The modular OT project will be on a turnkey basis, aimed at providing optimum and better services for patients at the earliest. The operation theatres were planned according to the defined standards in the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers (NABH) and ISO 14644.
“Hopefully, the new block should be ready in a few months from now. This will provide a huge relief to patients as well as health care workers, as it would add more space,” said Director, MNJ Cancer Hospital, Dr N Jayalatha.
The first three levels of the new building comprise of Intensive Care Units (ICU), recovery wards and diagnostic facilities. In fact, the health authorities here have invested nearly Rs 80 crore to procure a PET CT scan and Cyberknife cancer treatment system for improving drug delivery when cancer patients undergo radiotherapy.
The infrastructure development at MNJ Cancer Hospital, including construction of the modular theatres is part of the Rs 120 crore project funded by National Cancer Control Program (NCCP) of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
To boost availability of doctors, authorities have sanctioned 250 additional posts for the hospital out of which the hospital committee will recruit 100 doctors while recruiting of the rest of the staff including nurses will be through TSPSC.
Why Modular Operation Theatres?
Apart from being easy and quick to install, the pre-engineered modular operation theatres, which are finished steel structures that provide high-quality finish, reduce chances of infections. Senior doctors said such operation theatres avoid unnecessary wastage of precious space and help in speedy construction without hampering existing services being offered to the patients.
The high-quality finish reduces contamination, which in turn helps in avoiding infections among patients. Some of the other features of modular operation theatres include durability, robust and flexibility in functional areas, designed for future expansion and ease of adjustments necessary for changing technological requirements.