Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 8:
The Odisha government has decided to provide bone marrow transplantation and chemotherapy facilities free of cost to cancer patients, who are poor, at the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack for at least one year.
Senior doctors of hematology department of the SCB Hospital, who were present at the meeting, said Odisha is the first state in the country to extend such facilities in a government hospital.
The hematology department of the SCB Hospital has started functioning from April 30 this year with successful bone marrow transplantation in two patients, who are now completely cured, they said.
The meeting decided that the facilities would be provided to the poor patients for one year. The Health secretary asked the concerned authorities to start the process of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation at the earliest.
Also present at the meeting, senior officials of eight medicine manufacturing companies—Hetero Oncology, Intas Oncology, Dr Reddy’s Laboratory, Torrent Oncology, Aureate Healthcare, Panacea Biotech, EM Care Oncology and Terumo Penpol—gave their consent to take care of the treatment of 10 patients each. They also expressed their willingness to take care of more poor patients if necessary.
The meeting also decided to provide healthcare assistance to the cancer patients in 15 districts where the non-communicable disease control programme under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) is currently under implementation for which Rs 1.70 crore has been earmarked.