| Chief minister Nitish Kumar releases a souvenir at the hospital in Patna on Thursday. Picture by Deepak Kumar |
Cancer patients in the state would be able to avail state-of-the-art treatment after a Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan machine is installed at Mahavir Cancer Sansthan.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said the state government would provide Rs 13 crore to Mahavir Cancer Sansthan for creating necessary infrastructure and maintenance of the PET scan machine.
PET scan is used in diagnosis and assessment of cancer. It helps identify whether or not a lump inside the body is malignant, whether the cancer is in an advanced stage or if the disease has spread to other parts of the body. It helps doctors find out if the body is responding to medication.
We are going to provide Rs 8 crore to Mahavir Cancer Sansthan to purchase the PET scan machine. We are also going to provide Rs 2 crore to the hospital to create necessary infrastructure for installation of the machine. Mahavir Cancer Sansthan director Dr J.K. Singh has said they would also require Rs 50 lakh annually for at least first six years for the maintenance of the machine. So we have decided to provide them additional Rs 3 crore, said Nitish.
The chief minister said Mahavir Cancer Sansthan has been asked to provide concession to poor people on services of PET scan machine.
Speaking at the 15th foundation day programme of Mahavir Cancer Sansthan on Thursday, Nitish also said tertiary care centres dedicated to cancer related treatments would be started in Bhagalpur and Darbhanga. I had talks with the Union health minister on this issue. Earlier, the plan was to set up a tertiary care centre at Bhagalpur only but now we plan to start another in Darbhanga. A state-level cancer institute would be opened at Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Nitish added.