On March 30, Union Minister of Shipping, Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate 165 dormitory blocks allotted by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) to Tata Memorial Hospital (a grant-in-aid Institute under the Department of Atomic Energy Government of India) to be made available for free to outstation children cancer patients who come for treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, along with their parents.
The ambitious project of the MbPT was initiated on July 23, 2015, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
“It was observed that children suffering from cancer come from across India to get treatment at TMH and they do not have any place to stay. So, they end up staying outside the hospital on the pavements. These children need hygienic condition to stay to protect them from risk of infection,” said Yashodhan Wanage, Deputy Chairman, MbPT.
MbPT extended its support to help the children and allotted its 128 units in 3 residential buildings and provided them for cancer patients through the Tata Memorial Hospital at a nominal charge under its CSR project. With this, the poorest of the poor families can avail of the vital health care services from renowned Tata Hospital.
The facility has provided the poor cancer patients homely accommodation during their treatment. Apart from basic accommodation, the facility is equipped with recreational facilities like indoor games. Children are also provided with counselling and yoga which helps them with early recovery or strength to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
“Children are provided tuition at the centre so that there is no loss of academic year, while they are undergoing treatment at the centre. At the moment, 75 children suffering from cancer and their attendant relatives can be housed in these units at any given time. Plans are afoot to include about 90 more beds at the centre,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, MbPT.