SHILLONG, April 19 – In what may be a sigh of relief for the cancer patients of Meghalaya, the Union Health Ministry has approved he construction of a 250 bed Cancer Hospital within the premises of the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) in Shillong.
According to newly appointed director of NEIGRIHMS, DM Thapa, the Cancer hospital will be functional in the next three years.
“The hospital would be called the Regional Cancer Centre and is being built by Larsen and Tubro on a turn-key basis. The work on the project has begun this year and the total cost of the project is Rs. 360 crore,” informed Thapa, who took charge on Saturday.
It was informed that there would also be a 30 room Guest House built adjoining the Regional Cancer Centre besides medical, nursing college, hostels for the students and interns.
“These new facilities are being built for the benefit of people coming from faraway places for treatment of cancer,” he informed.
Furthermore, Thapa said that there is a high prevalence of cancer in the region and the cancer hospital would be a huge boon for the people, especially for those patients suffering from head and neck cancer.
While informing that on an average 1400 patients are treated at NEIGRIHMS on a daily basis, Thapa said the 530 beds in the hospital are almost always filled and therefore there is a need for further expansion.
“Once the new medical facility comes up, the hospital would have a larger space and these would help us provide more facilities to the patients,” the new Director said.
Talking about his areas of priority as the new Director of NEIGRIHMS, Thapa said that this primary focus is to empower people by breaking barriers.
“One of my priorities would be research. It is only through research we can find solutions to problems,” Thapa said.
Accepting that shortcomings exists and will continue to pop up once in a while, Thapa said that the institute is ever willing to hear out the grievances of the people for which arrangements like the grievance boxes have already been set up in the hospital.
“If anyone has any grievances, they can write to us or even come to my office,” he added.
As part of the new initiative to be undertaken, the Director said that the institute would try to reach out to the people by holding health camps and melas in the rural areas and also focus on research