Hyderabad: In a significant move towards decentralising cancer care for patients in Telangana State, the health authorities here have entered into an agreement with Tata Memorial Trust to establish a robust and comprehensive network of cancer care facilities across the State.
On Thursday, top health officials representing the State government signed an MoU with Tata Memorial Trust in the presence of Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA&UD), KT Rama Rao, Health Minister, Dr C Laxma Reddy and Chairman of Tata Trust, Ratan Tata.
At present, a majority of the cancer cases in Telangana State are diagnosed at a very late stage, thus limiting the treatment options. The comprehensive cancer care management programme is aimed at addressing this issue so that cancer care can be rationalised across all the levels of healthcare, including primary, secondary and tertiary State-run health institutions.
The comprehensive cancer care plan, which will be supported by funds from the Centre and State government, aims to upgrade MNJ Cancer Hospital and Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), in addition to setting up special cancer care centres within the government medical colleges. The initiative will also see development of diagnostic and day care clinics near District Hospitals.
To set up the cancer care centres, the health authorities here are exploring the possibility of utilising the existing infrastructure at various State-run medical colleges and District Hospitals. At regions where the infrastructure has to be developed, new infrastructure under the project will be developed by March, 2019.
The MoU also advocates rapid scale-up of operations and maximum coverage and self-sustainability of the entire project.
Apart from the implementing the cancer care services, the Tata Trust will also design, plan and medical equip and MNJ Cancer Institute, NIMS, the proposed cancer care centres and diagnostics and day care clinics in the State.
The Trust will also implement a Management Information System for seamless transfer of cancer patient data across the State, allow interaction with ancillary services and provide dashboard overview of status and patient histories.
The cancer care programme envisages early detection through screening, then depending on the condition of the cancer, the patients will be referred to primary, secondary and tertiary levels of health care.
The Tata Trust will also facilitate and support and inclusion of post-graduate oncology courses recognised by MCI, Diplomate of National Board (DNB) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board.