20 - 09 - 2019

State Cancer Institute to be operational by December

Agartala, July 11,2019:The state administration has expedited the process to make State Cancer Institute (SCI) at AGMC & GBP hospital functional in the next few months.To cater to the needs of cancer patients, the establishment of the SCI was proposed by the previous UPA-I government in 2010 to replace its existing Regional Cancer Centre (RCC).

Officials say the work of eight storied building of SCI Agartala is being carried out on war footing. The high rise building will be dedicated to the nation on December this year. Sources in health department said the project named under State Cancer Institute was started in 2014. For the project the central government sanctioned Rs 120 crore.

The  new building will have kinds of modern facilitiy for treatment of cancer patients under one roof. The ground floor will have space for nuclear medicine and position emission photography.  The second floor will have OPD with ten chambers for specialties; laboratory and imaging will be at third floor. The fourth floor will be for CT, MRI, Xray etc. Cabins, beds and ICU will be at fifth and sixth floor. Operation theaters both major and minor at seventh floor and CSSD at eight floor.          

 Speaking about the history of RCC, Agartala, the source informed in the year 1975 under National Cancer Control Programme  the central government sanctioned Rs 10 lakh to set up a cancer hospital near GBP hospital. The work started on in 1976 when Late Sukhomoy Sengupta was Chief Minister of the State. The work of the two storied cancer hospital at 79 tilla got completed in the year 1980 and was inaugurated in 21 st April by former Chief Minister Nripen Chakraborty.    

Renowned surgeon and former MS of GBP hospital, Dr. Rathin Datta was given the responsibility by former Chief Minister Sukhomoy Sengupta to arrange  the facilities required to start the cancer hospital. Due to the initiative of Dr. Datta three doctors were trained for treating cancer patients, they were – Dr. Kumud Podder, Dr. Gopal Datta and Dr. Bimalendu Bardhan.