Bhubaneswar: The Bagchi-Karunashraya City Space and Palliative Home Care Services for cancer patients was inaugurated at Gandamunda in Bhubaneswar by Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra.
During the inauguration, Mahapatra said that Odisha has become a pioneering state among many cities and states of India in providing humanitarian service with love, care, and relief to cancer patients during the last days of their lives.
He added that this joint initiative of the Government of Odisha, Bangalore Hospice Trust and Bagchis of Odisha caters to a basic need of the patients who generally feel dejected and miserable with pain towards the last part of their life.
He also advised involving the service-oriented NGOs in different districts and training them about counseling and palliative care. They could provide care to cancer patients in remote areas.
On the auspicious occasion of Rath Yatra, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for the Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care & Bagchi-Shri Shankara Cancer Centre near Info valley on the outskirt of Bhubaneswar.
The government of Odisha provided 20 acres of land free of cost for the establishment of the cancer hospital. A total of 25 percent of beds shall be set up for free treatment whereas another 25 percent for patients supported under different Government health schemes and the rest 50 percent of patients will have to pay for the services they avail.
The BKPCC is providing home care service within a 20 to 30 km radius of Bhubaneswar. This will be expanded gradually through district nodes, NGOs, and service institutions.
The services provided by the home care unit of BKPCC are completely free of charge which includes support and consumables for the bed-bound patient.
These services are currently available within a 20 to 30 Kms radius of Bhubaneswar city limits. The unit mainly focuses on the economically and socially backward classes. The home care center is also fully equipped to take awareness and training programs for palliative care and support other palliative care units in their training and research programs.