Hyderabad: In a move aimed at strengthening tertiary cancer care in Telangana, the health authorities are set to implement upgradation plans in MNJ Institute of Oncology and Research Institute and Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS).
In the coming months, the department will recruit nearly 250 healthcare workers, who include 100 doctors under various cadres, as part of the expansion of MNJ Cancer Institute.
MNJ Cancer Institute and NIMS have been categorised as ‘State Cancer Institutes’ (SCI) making them eligible to access funds from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
Under the SCI scheme, MNJ Cancer Hospital already has access to close to Rs 112 crore, which would be spent in a host of facilities, including expanding the hospital and acquiring medical equipment.
A PET CT scan worth Rs 12 crore and construction of five modular operation theatres are in the pipeline. A land parcel measuring 4.5 acres of land, behind the Niloufer Hospital, has been identified and acquired by the MNJ Cancer Hospital where the expansion works are expected to start in the coming months.
“We are just awaiting the State government’s nod to start the expansion plans while financial permissions to recruit 251 posts has been received. Hospital committee will recruit 100 doctors while the rest of the posts including nurses and other staff will be done through TSPSC,” says Director, MNJ Cancer Hospital, Dr N Jayalatha.
At present, there are 250 beds at the tertiary cancer centre but the inflow of patients on a daily basis is between 400 and 450 in the inpatient wings. The hospital has a robust outpatient wing in which doctors provide consultation to anywhere between 1200 patients to 1500 patients.
Additional beds will increase the overall bed strength at MNJ Cancer Hospital to 450.
In its attempt to improve accessibility of quality cancer care in the districts, the State government has also decided to set up 50-bed tertiary cancer care centres at Adilabad and Warangal. The two centres are expected to come up at a cost of Rs 90 crore, fully funded by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).