- As the incidence of cancer and its cases, are rising in both the rural and urban areas of the state, the government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital in order to address the situation.
- Tata Memorial Hospital will soon start an oncology service in Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospital.
- Under this MoU, Out-Patient Department (OPD) facility, surgery, and hands-on training will be given to the doctors from JJ hospital to detect and treat cancer cases.
Maharashtra witnesses a large number of deaths due to cancer, and the government has taken matter this very seriously. With an aim to curb the rising number of cancer cases, the state government has decided to start a Cancer OPD in Mumbai’s state-run Sir JJ Group of Hospitals.
On Monday, February 11, the state government signed a MoU with the Tata Memorial Hospital to set-up a Cancer OPD in JJ Hospital.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Medical Education Minister Girish Mahajan was present for the event.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kailash Sharma, Director Academics, Tata Memorial Hospital, said, “We have signed an MoU with the state’s Medical Education Ministry for starting Head and Neck oncology services by Tata Memorial Hospital, at Sir JJ Group of Hospitals. The Out-Patient Department, surgery, and hands-on training will be given to the doctors by experts from Tata Memorial. This is Tata Memorial Hospital’s dream project.”
This move will a greatly benefit patients from rural areas, who initially had to travel all the way up to Parel for treatment. This OPD will also help take the load of Tata Memorial Hospital by providing a state-of-the-art facility at JJ Hospital. This cancer detecting facility will be a boon for poor and needy patients, who visit JJ hospital with a hope of receiving better medical care.
Dr Tatyarao Lahane, Director, Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said, “Cancer cases are rapidly increasing in Mumbai and Maharashtra. Owing to which, there is tremendous pressure on the Tata Memorial Hospital. With an aim to relieve the pressure, we have signed an MoU with the Tata Memorial Hospital. With this patient from Tata Hospital will get treatment at Sir JJ Group of Hospital.”
Dr Lahane further said, “Doctors from Tata Memorial Hospital will visit JJ Hospital for the purpose of treatment. Patients who belong to the economically weaker sections of the society will also receive free or affordable treatment at concessional rates.”