As part of the Union government’s efforts to combat cancer, 71 cancer institutes will be started across the country to provide chemotherapy, radiotherapy and onco-surgery. A National Cancer Institute will also be set up at the second campus of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Jhajjar, Haryana.
“An amount of Rs 5,200 crore has been sanctioned for the 71 institutes. There will be 20 regional institutes, 50 tertiary institutes and the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute at Kolkata will get a second campus at a cost of `400 crore,” said Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday.
He was speaking at the 18th convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS).
Speaking about the Mental Health Care Bill 2013, Azad said, “I am confident that the Bill, approved by the Union Cabinet on January 30, will be passed in this session of Parliament with some amendments.”
Azad praised NIMHANS for starting a pilot project in a step towards a National Mental Health Survey based on representative data from all states.
The pilot project is scheduled to begin in February in Kolar district.
Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw asked for greater assistance from the government in creating a conducive environment for clinical trials in the country.
“The National Institutes of Health cancelled about 40 ongoing clinical trials in India last year. We must explore public private partnership institutes to promote clinical trials like in Malaysia,” she said.
NIMHANS to Start Five New Courses
Degrees and diplomas were awarded to 116 students of the institute.
NIMHANS, in the coming year, will work with 11 centres of excellence to augment the National Mental Health Programme. Delivering the annual report, Prof P Satishchandra, Vice-Chancellor of NIMHANS, said: “We plan to start five new courses in the areas of stroke, neuro-muscular disorders, psychiatric rehabilitation, infection control and transfusion medicine.”
The institute, which was conferred the title of ‘Institute of National Importance’ by an Act of Parliament, will also start a new trauma center’ at its northern campus and a sub-speciality neuro sciences block.