Feb. 21: The B. Borooah Cancer Institute here will open nine deluxe paying cabins in order to provide better facilities to cancer patients from across the Northeast.
These new paying cabins will not only be bigger in size than the existing ones but each cabin will also have better facilities like a small dining area, separate water purifier and a mini-kitchen attached. The cabins will cost Rs 1,200 per day.
The paying cabins will be formally inaugurated during a function on Saturday.
At present, the 200-bed cancer hospital has 30 paying cabins. While patients are charged Rs 250 daily for the non air-conditioned cabins, they have to pay Rs 500 for the air-conditioned ones.
“We will be opening nine deluxe paying cabins in our hospital in addition to the existing 30 paying cabins. The new cabins have been constructed keeping in mind the comfort of patients. The attendants of patients, too, can comfortably rest in the rooms. They will be equipped with facilities like a mini-kitchen and small dining area, water purifier, refrigerator and television sets apart from being air-conditioned,” said A.C. Kataki, hospital director.
“We are constantly trying to upgrade medical as well as other facilities at the hospital so we can offer high quality treatment to cancer patients. We are also bringing in new medical technologies so that various forms of cancers can be easily diagnosed and treated,” said Kataki.
Moreover, the hospital will also install a new picture archiving and communication system (PACS), a medical imaging technology, in the department of radiology. This advanced system provides economical storage as well as easy access to images and reports.
“We will be the first government hospital in Assam to have the advanced PACS technology, which will aid in storing different medical reports and images,” the director said.
The paying cabins have been constructed at a cost of Rs 1.13 crore, with the funds provided by the North Eastern Council (NEC) and the central department of atomic energy, while the PACS technology has been procured for Rs 38 lakh.