Kalinga TV News Network
Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi for setting up a hub of Tata Memorial Centre here to treat cancer patients.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had also requested the Prime Minister earlier to set the hospital in the state capital with a promise to provide all support from the state government.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Pradhan urged him to direct the Department of Atomic Energy, which gives grant-in-aid and manages the Tata Memorial Centre, to provide necessary budgetary allocation to set up the cancer hospital.
“The proposed hub will provide affordable care for cancer patients of the state and will also initiate and lead an advanced research in this field of research as well as complex biological systems,” he said, adding that the centre will be equivalent to the ones planned at Chandigarh and Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
He further said that the proposed hub would serve the cancer patients of Odisha and neighbouring states, who visit Tata Memorial Centre at Mumbai and face problems due to the long waiting period there.