National Cancer Institute at AIIMS Haryana


Union Health Minister JP Nadda today laid the foundation stone for India’s largest National Cancer Institute at AIIMS campus in Haryana’s Jhajjar district and said that the institute will be modeled after NCI in the US.

The minister said that the Cancer Institute in Badsa will be “independent India’s largest government-funded hospital project”. The project is planned to be completed within three years, he said after preforming ‘Bhumi Pujan’ ceremony at the site. “The Cancer Institute will be modelled after the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of USA and the government has already entered into a MoU with NCI USA during the visit of Prime Minister to USA in October 2014,” he said.
It is slated to be a premier institution for all cancer-related activities in the country and will have linkages with all regional and cancer centres. The institute will have 710 beds out of which 200 beds will be dedicated for Translational Research in India-specific cancers. There will be 372 units of flats and 1,080 hostel rooms for the staff members. A night shelter with a capacity of 800 units meant for the patient attendants is also being planned, the minister added.

There are more than 80 lakh cancer patients in the world and 29 lakh alone are in India, Union Minister Nadda said quoting an official figure. About 11 lakh persons are every year detected of cancer. With a view to prevent and to cure cancer, the government had decided to set up new institutes of advance research activities, he said. The Centre is also setting up a cancer institute in Kolkata at a cost of Rs 500 crore, Nadda said. Besides, the government has prepared a scheme for setting up regional cancer institutes, 20 state cancer institutes and 50 tertiary cancer centres all over the country, he said.

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