Road Map of Odisha comprehensive cancer care programme worked out

Road Map of Odisha comprehensive cancer care programme worked out

Target set to roll out services in different phases within 2 years

Chief Secretary directed to make it outcome oriented with focus on preventive and clinical aspects

Bhubaneswar: July 10: The Road Map for implementation of Odisha Comprehensive Cancer Care Programme (OCCCP) has been worked out in its 1st Advisory Committee Meeting held under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in secretariat conference hall on 9th July wherein Secretary Health and Family Welfare Sri Pramod Kumar Meherda outlined the issues for discussion. Considering the draft work plan, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to make the entire programme outcome oriented with focus on preventive and clinical care. Sri Padhi further directed to spread the cancer care clinical units across different regions of the State for easy access of the patients. Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan advised to constitute a district level multi-task cancer care committee for proper integration and implementation of the programme.

The Committee decided to put in place a 3-Tire clinical care model along with a 4th Tire of intensive screening, awareness and palliative care at community level. Around 15 clinical units with different levels of treatment facilities will be set up at various parts of the Odisha. One State-of-the–art Tata Memorial Hospital will be established at Bhubaneswar which will serve as Level-1 hospital with all types of super specialty care. Government of Odisha will provide 25 acres of land free of cost for establishment of the Hospital.  The existing Aharya Harihar Cancer Care Hospital at Cuttack will be upgraded to Level-1.

It has been proposed to set up Level-2 units in Government Medical Colleges at Sambalpur (Burla), Kalahandi, Ganjam ( Berhampur), Koraput and Capital Hospital , Bhubaneswar. Level-3 units will be set up at Government Hospitals in Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Baripada, Balasore, Bolangir, Bargarh, Nabarangpur and Angul. There will be wide awareness and screening programmes at community level for prevention of cancer.

Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed to expedite the infrastructural development works and roll out various services in different phases within 2 years. Network of these hospitals will provide the comprehensive cancer care like diagnosis, advanced imaging, endoscopy, clinical pathology, cyto, histo-pathology, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, brachytherapy, general surgery, onco-surgery, critical care, tele-medicine and clinical research. Apart from that education and training facilities will be available.

The entire programme will be managed and monitored under the guidance of the Advisory Committee constituted under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary.  One Special Purpose Vehicle called Odisha Cancer Care Foundation will be constituted as a Management Entity under the Chairmanship of Secretary Health & Family Welfare department. Initially Rs.1000 cr has been provisioned for the programme which will be shared by Government of Odisha and Tata Trust on 50:50 basis. Chief Secretary Sri Padhi also directed to integrate the project with other ongoing programmes of State and Central Government for additional funds.

ACS and Development Commissioner Sri R. Balakrishnan, Additional Chief Secretary Finance Sri Tuhin Kanta Pandey, Secretary Health & Family Welfare Sri Pramod Kumar Meherda, M.D. Odisha State Medical Corporation Smt  Archana Pattanaik,  Cancer Professors and Doctors of national repute, Senior Representatives from Tata Trust along with senior officers of concerned departments participated in the deliberations.