- As part of the three-tier model, two apex super-speciality hospitals in Hyderabad – the MNJ Institute of Technology and the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences – will be upgraded to handle complex cases on a referral basis.
- Medical colleges in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Mahbubnagar and Warangal will be strengthened so that they can offer diagnosis and treatment of cancer cases.
- District hospitals in Karimnagar, Khammam and Nalgonda will be developed to offer diagnostic and standardised day care chemotherapy.
- Thereby, a state-wide cancer care network will get created to take treatment closest to patients, through beefing up the existing public health system and infrastructure.
- The entire public health system will be galvanised to be able to play a part in the cancer care continuum. The proposed infrastructure will therefore be a platform to utilise cancer related schemes of the Union and the State Government, such as National Oral Health, Tobacco Control, Palliative Care and Health Insurance programmes.
Ratan N Tata, Chairman, Tata Trusts, said, “We are privileged to partner with the Government of Telangana in upgrading cancer care capabilities in the public health network. Patients will no longer need to travel all the way to Hyderabad except for rare and complex conditions.”