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Harsh Vardhan says Government to set up 20 cancer treatment centers

08harshvardhan1Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said the government will set up 20 new advanced cancer treatment facilities across the country over the next few years in view of the rising number of cases.

He said that a new State Cancer Institute (SCI) and two Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCC) would be set up in Madhya Pradesh, to begin with, a the state accounted for a lot of new cancer cases.

Dr Harsh Vardhan was speaking at the inauguration of an indigenously developed Linear Accelerator at the Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, a project of the Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said the TCCCs will be part of an existing government hospital with well-equipped and functional departments of medicine, surgery, gynaecology, ENT, pathology and radiology.

He said the Health Ministry would provide a one-time support of up to Rs 450 million to each TCCC, including up to 30 percent for construction and renovation.

About the State Cancer Institues, he said each would be built at a cost of Rs 1,200 million, of which the Union government will contribute 75 per cent.

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