The utive board and general board of GCS, which runs the Cancer hospital, recently approved an ambitious plan to to convert the hospital into a super speciality cancer care and research institute that will provide treatment at par with international standards. The board approved upgradation of the current facilities at the hospital to world class levels by pumping in INR 722 crore, which will be available through public private partnership. The number of beds in the cancer hospital will be increased from current 650 to 1000. Health minister Jaynarayan Vyas, who is also a member of the board, said that the Society has also decided to establish a state-of-the-art general hospital and a self-finance medical college at the cost of INR 396 crore. The state government has already allocated land at the New Swadshi Mill compound to GCS, which is valued at INR 200 crore. Talking about another major decision by the GCS board, Vyas said that INR 10 crore has been allocated for screening and early detection of cancer in the rural areas of the state. “We will be having mobile medical units, which will be going to different villages across the state for screening of cancer patients. It would also have facilities for detecting breast cancer and cervical cancer among women” Vyas said. A network of satellite cancer treatment centers will be setup across the state so that even below poverty line (BPL) families can use the facility. The GCS board headed by the Governor of Gujarat, Naval Kishore Sharma, approved INR 20 crore for a development plan for the Community Oncology Centre and Cancer Exhibition, in the Vasna area of the city.