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State govt partners with Tata Trusts for cancer care

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 8 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Nagaland government and Tata Trusts signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to implement a programme for providing comprehensive cancer care in the State. The MoU was signed by health & family welfare commissioner & secretary Himato Zhimomi and Tata Trusts senior advisor Burzis Taraporevala. The collaboration will build on public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable.

The State government and Tata Trusts will establish a joint entity, the Nagaland Cancer Care Foundation. The programme will integrate with the existing plans of the State on aspects related to cancer screening, palliative care, and tobacco control. 

It proposes a three-tiered model of treatment delivery. In addition to developing the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, the model envisages building capabilities in select district hospitals at Mon, Mokokchung, Phek and Tuensang by equipping them to offer confirmatory diagnostics and follow-up treatment, including palliative care, so that patients do not have to travel more than a few hours for accessing the full suite of cancer care services.

The model is centred on the use of technology and building capabilities of the existing workforce to facilitate operations in remote areas, and patient-centric design principles to provide a good in-hospital experience to patients and care-givers. 

Latest medical equipment will be installed to ensure that prevalent evidence-based treatment can be provided as per latest globally accepted treatment standards, which will be ably supported by an extensive awareness, screening and early detection programme.

Following signing of the MoU, Zhimomi said, “Today is an important day for healthcare in Nagaland. I look forward to this programme taking off as envisaged and creating much-needed services closer to patients’ homes so that cancer is no longer thought of as a terminal disease.”

Tata Trusts has convened a diverse group of top oncologists from renowned institutions globally, leading cancer hospitals attached to the National Cancer Grid and international architects to design the infrastructure and services within the centres that are needed to provide screening, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Taraporevala said, “Nagaland is amongst the States that have the highest per capita burden of cancer in India. Through the partnership, we aim to provide the much-needed impetus by making cancer care accessible and affordable, and help in awareness and early diagnosis.”

Tata Trusts has been pioneers in developing cancer care infrastructure since 1942 with the establishment of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, and the more recently established Tata Medical Centre, Kolkata, in 2011. Partnering with various State governments, the Trusts has been working to set up a comprehensive cancer care network. 

Tata Trusts had recently partnered with the Government of Assam to operationalise the Assam Cancer Care Foundation by laying foundation stones of 19 upcoming modern cancer care facilities. 

It is currently in conversation with other State governments like Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana for establishing similar networks.

About Tata Trusts

Since its inception in 1892, Tata Trusts, India’s oldest philanthropic organisation, has played a pioneering role in bringing about an enduring difference in the lives of the communities it serves. 

Guided by the principles and vision of proactive philanthropy of its founder Jamsetji Tata, the Tata Trusts’ purpose is to catalyse development in areas of healthcare and nutrition, water and sanitation, education, energy, rural uplift, urban poverty alleviation, and arts, craft and culture. 

Tata Trusts’ programmes, achieved through direct implementation, partnerships and grant making, are marked by innovations, relevant to the country. For more information, please visit http://tatatrusts.org/

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