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Mini hospital to precede cancer centre

Vishwa Jagriti Mission Trust (Kolkata), the charitable organisation building a composite cancer-care facility near the Tollygunge Metro station, proposes to set up a miniature hospital first, to be operational around June next year.

Vice-president of the trust A.N. Shroff and chairman of the land acquisition and construction committee Radheshyam Agarwal unveiled plans for the temporary miniature hospital on Friday, during a site visit by state sports and transport minister Subhas Chakraborty, along with local politicians and cancer experts.

“The small hospital will have about 35 beds, with all facilities, including operation theatre and diagnostic laboratory, and will be opened to the public by June or July 2003,” said Shroff. This will be in operation till the main hospital is functional. Later, the smaller building will be used for other purposes.

Noted cancer specialists S.H. Advani and P. Jagannath and chairman of the Tata Memorial cancer hospital in Mumbai Din Shah also visited the site on 58, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Tollygunge.

The outstation experts promised all help for the VJM Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, according to the trust members. “They will take turns in coming down to offer consultation,” Shroff announced.

Among local oncology experts, senior surgeon A.P. Majumdar, chairman of the medical board, Anil Poddar and Chanchal Goswami were present. The main hospital, which will have three operation theatres and 200 beds, will treat 20 per cent of the patients free and another 20 per cent “at a subsidised rate”.

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