The state health department is mulling on its own cancer institute-cum-research centre in Brambe, around 30km from the capital, along the NH-75 on Ranchi-Daltonganj stretch.
On August 23, health mandarins inspected a leprosy hospital in Brambe for the purpose.
A senior official of the department, H.B. Barwar, also a nodal officer of anti-tobacco campaign in Jharkhand and a committee member for the cancer centre project, said the proposal was under the government’s Five-Year Plan.
“We are eyeing a 50-bed hub that can act as a research and cure wing. There is enough space at the leprosy hospital, which we felt can be utilised for the purpose,” he added.
Health secretary K. Vidyasagar couldn’t be contacted for his comments.
But another senior official, who didn’t want to be named, however, said civic requirements for this centre would not be a problem. “The challenge is in getting skilled doctors from this field,” he said.
When asked what prompted the need for such a cancer research institute, the official said during recent meetings, it was observed that the state lacked doctors for cancer treatment in districts.
According to Medical Council of India norms, besides RIMS, each district hospital should have one doctor to detect cancer and related diseases. “But the situation is such that we rarely have any doctor at district levels. Whatever handful of resources we have is at RIMS, Ranchi, which is already overloaded with patients,” he said.
He attributed the shortage of doctors to poor pay. “We give only Rs 55,000 a month. But if one works in private hospitals, the pay is huge. To get doctors, we have minimised our eligibility criteria to MD in medicine,” he added. Once hired, the department plans to train doctors in cancer detection.
The health department has also announced a 50-bed RIMS extension in Brambe, for which the foundation is likely to be laid on September 23 by Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.