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Odisha government is planning to constitute a district level multi-task cancer care committee

Bhubaneswar:9/7/18: Aware of rise in the incidence of the fatal disease, Odisha government is planning to constitute a district level multi-task cancer care committee for proper integration and implementation of the programme as Odisha Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme (OCCCP).

The inaugural Advisory Committee Meeting of OCCCP was held today under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall today wherein Secretary Health and Family Welfare Sri Pramod Kumar Meherda outlined the issues for discussion.

The Committee decided to put in place a 3-Tire clinical care model along with a 4th Tire of intensive screening, awareness and palliative care at community level. Around 15 clinical units with different levels of treatment facilities will be set up at various parts of the Odisha. One State-of-the–art Tata Memorial Hospital will be established at Bhubaneswar which will serve as Level-1 hospital with all types of super specialty care. Government of Odisha will provide 25 acres of land free of cost for establishment of the Hospital.  The existing Aharya Harihar Cancer Care Hospital at Cuttack will be upgraded to Level-1.

It has been proposed to set up Level-2 units in Government Medical Colleges at Sambalpur (Burla), Kalahandi, Ganjam ( Berhampur), Koraput and Capital Hospital , Bhubaneswar. Level-3 units will be set up at Government Hospitals in Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Baripada, Balasore, Bolangir, Bargarh, Nabarangpur and Angul. There will be wide awareness and screening programmes at community level for prevention of cancer, said officials.

Chief Secretary directed to expedite the infrastructural development works and roll out various services in different phases within 2 years. Network of these hospitals will provide the comprehensive cancer care like diagnosis, advanced imaging, endoscopy, clinical pathology, cyto, histo-pathology, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, brachytherapy, general surgery, onco-surgery, critical care, tele-medicine and clinical research. Apart from that education and training facilities will be available.

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