On Thursday Union Minister of Shipping, Road, Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 165 dormitory blocks, which has been allotted by Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) to Tata Memorial Hospital.
“Cancer is the biggest health issue, which is increasing day by day. Among this child cancer is a big worry for us. People come from different parts of the country in Mumbai to treat their child, looking at this scenario such dormitory blocks will be helpful to stay comfortably,” said Gadkari.
He also said in near future they may build more such dormitory blocks for cancer patients.
MbPT initiated this project 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 TMC 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 in to protect them from risk of an 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 vital health care services from the renowned Tata Hospital.
Nana Patekar who took part in the inauguration said, “ This is a very noble cause. Generally, I don’t attend programmes, but this is good work done by Tata Memorial Hospital and Mumbai Port Trust.”
The facility has provided the poor cancer patients home 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 will help them with early recovery or and give them the strength to undergo radiation or chemotherapy.
“Children are provided with 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 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
According to the Indian Cancer Society, the most common cancer among the children are acute lymphoblastic leukemia, brain tumour, bone tumour, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, Wilm’s tumour and blood cancer.