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Odisha Government approved the establishment of a cancer hospital namely ‘Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Institute’

Bhubaneswar:12/4/21; The Odisha Cabinet in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved the establishment of a cancer hospital namely ‘Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital & Research Institute’ in Bhubaneswar.

Sri Shankara Cancer Care Foundation as a charitable institute has volunteered to establish the hospital in the capital city. Subroto Bagchi, Odisha Skill Development Authority Chairman, and his wife Susmita Bagchi have pledged Rs 210 crore for the cancer hospital.

The Government of Odisha will provide 20 acres of land in Infocity-II, Bhubaneswar free of cost for the establishment of the hospital.

In the first phase, the hospital will be equipped with 250 beds and shall be operational by January 2024. Later, it shall be converted into a 500-bedded hospital. It shall provide advanced cutting-edge cancer care with evidence-based management of cancer cases. A total of 25% beds shall be set aside for free treatment, another 25% for patients supported under different Government health schemes and the rest 50% of patients will pay for the services.

The revenue generated shall be utilized for expansion and supporting the poor patients. It will be an oncology centre of excellence with academic and research facilities with major categories of services like surgical, medical and radiation oncology, imaging nuclear medicine, paediatric and haemato oncology, centre for lung disease, anaesthesia & intensive care, laboratory diagnostic services, blood bank and immuno haematology services. Other services like nursing, physiotherapy training centre, deaddiction clinic, occupational rehabilitation will also form a part of the centre.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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