AIIMS gears up for timely completion of National Cancer Institute

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AIIMS gears up for timely completion of National Cancer Institute

Taking a big step towards development of Cancer treatment in the country, the AIIMS governing body has sped up the work on the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The governing body of AIIMS has decided to complete in three phases the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which once operational, is going to be a big relief for cancer patients in the country.

The project which was running at snail's pace, has been finally given a big push by the AIIMS administration. The initial deadline of the project was March 2018, however. Talking to the Mail Today, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of AIIMS said, "We are having weekly meetings on the progress of the project and want to start the NCI in a holistic manner. Till December 2018, we are going to focus on 210-bed OPD. The second phase will be carried out in 2019 and 450 more beds will be added and in 2020 it will be completed."

"Moreover, to launch this huge hospital in one go with 710 beds, we need doctors, paramedical staff, nurses, technicians, and other hospital staff. Recruiting all of them will take time. Sanctions for the post has been done and recruitment will be started soon. So, in the second phase, more of the operational part of the job will be taken care of."

Mail Today had visited the site of construction of NCI - one of the biggest health projects worth Rs 2035 crore. It was found that nearly 90 per cent of the structural work was only done.

Sources from AIIMS informed Mail Today, "Earlier, PMO's deadline to start the first OPD of NCI was December 2017, which further was extended till March 2018."

The institute is being built on a 32-acre land in Badsha village of Haryana. It is being constructed on the lines of the National Cancer Institute of USA. For this government of India made an MoU with the USA NCI during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's October-2014 visit to USA.

The institute will have 710 beds out of which 200 beds will be dedicated to Translational Research in India-specific cancers. There are thousands of patients who fight to get treatments done at Dr BR Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital and at Safdarjung Hospital.

A senior AIIMS doctor, on the condition of anonymity, had said AIIMS' cancer department witnesses about 1,500 patients a day, while only around 300 get treated and the rest go back.