Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to start a cancer hospital in the city that would offer treatment at nominal or discounted rates to citizens. The proposal has been approved by the women and child development cell of PMC.
The PMC has decided to start the facility by outsourcing the institute to a private firm. Conditions will be laid down for providing facilities to the cancer patients at nominal and discounted rates. A meeting was conducted last month by additional commissioner of PMC, Rubal Agarwal, regarding the facility to be constructed within PMC limits. The centre will be dedicated for treatment of cancer patients only.
Dr Anjali Sabne, Assistant Health Chief of the civic body, said, “The PMC’s health department is concerned with the rise in the number of patients suffering from cancer and not everyone can afford the treatment. This centre will be a boon for such patients and will help them get the treatment at discounted rates. The centre will not just focus on the treatment but we want it to have various facilities to screen and identify the tumour in initial stages.”
Dr Sabne, said, “PMC is strengthening its cancer treatment and screening capacity. At present we have made a provision in this year’s budget to make the facility of cervical cancer screening at 18 hospitals run by PMC.” Soon these hospitals will have high end cervical cancer screening facilities that would help identify and treat cervical cancer in initial stage. “PMC also gives Rs 2 lakh per year for poor patients diagnosed with tumour for radiation and chemotherapy.”
Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Assistant Health Commissioner, PMC, said, “We are trying to do our bit to help patients suffering from the deadly disease. Although we have the other facilities that help poor patients for other diseases, we wanted a similar one for tumours. Many people from the PMC area have are had earlier asked there should be the facility for the tumour patients and the similar decision was taken by PMC.”
At present the hospitals providing cancer treatment are heavy on the pockets of patients’ family. While some government hospitals in the city provide cancer treatment at discounted rates, these are overcrowded with patients. Once the proposed hospital gets functional, PMC will become the first local body in the district to have such a facility.