N Elangovan, Health Secretary, said that the high-level meeting scheduled to be held on January 4, to discuss the issues related to setting up of a cancer care centre in the city, is likely to be postponed to January 11.
A similar meeting scheduled to be held on December 27 was cancelled as the CM had to fly to Delhi to meet the Prime Minister.
Elangovan said there are some guidelines to be followed if the financial assistance for setting up a cancer institute from the centre is to be availed. The document prepared by the RCC Director Paul Sebastian could not be considered as it is a preliminary report and not a DPR. “I have requested him to prepare it according to the guidelines,” he said.
Elangovan said the state has two options before it while conceiving the cancer centre.
One is the setting up of a state cancer institute at the cost of `120 crore and the second a tertiary cancer institute costing `50 crore.
The expenses for both the projects can be met through central and state funds, he said. “The RCC, Thiruvananthapuram has to be upgraded to a state cancer institute and now the Malabar Cancer centre is being given the status of a tertiary institute. The first option is not possible and we do not want to limit the cancer centre at Kochi to a tertiary institute,” Elangovan said.
The proposed meeting is crucial as all these issues have to be considered, he added.
Discussions are on to demarcate 35 acres of land owned by Kalamassery medical college to set up the cancer centre.