ONGC Foundation extends support of Rs 100 crore for world class cancer care facilities in Central India

Nagpur, August 14, 2017

The ONGC Foundation has extended a support of Rs 100 crore for a project to establish world class cancer care facilities in Central India.
The first phase of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) here was inaugurated yesterday. 
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Tata Trust Chairman Ratan Tata were among those present on the occasion.
ONGC Foundation is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Trust of the public sector Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
A press release said the NCI was a CSR initiative that would provide world class oncology treatment faciltiies at affordable rates to the general public in Central India.
It said NCI would have state-of-the-art facilities for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancers. Being the medical hub of central India, Nagpur has been selected to set up the NCI. The NCI will be a 455-bedded quaternary care oncology centre. The project is slated for completion in 2018.
Dr. Aabaji Thatte Seva Aur Anusandhan Sanstha is the implementing partner for the project. An agreement was signed between ONGC Foundation and Dr. Aabaji Thatte Seva Aur Anusandhan Sanstha on May 25 this year.
The total cost of the project is Rs 565.20 crore. Out of ONGC’s support of Rs 100 crore, Rs 50 crore shall be used for procurement of medical equipment for radio diagnostic facilities (like MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, mammography, X-ray and Bone Marrow Densito meter) to be set up on the ground floor of the institute. The balance Rs 50 crore shall be used for construction of first floor, having the OPD chambers, and the second floor having economy ward. 
ONGC has released a sum of Rs 30 crore as the first instalment towards the project.
The release said the centre would provide comprehensive cancer treatment, patient care and research through sustainable charity. In addition to providing general cancer care, the institute will also create specialty groups of highly skilled professionals who will be masters in treatment of select group of cancers. The institute also plans to start university-recognized training courses for nurses, paramedical staff and medical fraternity including super specialty training in Oncology and PhD programmes.
The primary beneficiaries of the project will be cancer patients belonging to Central India referred by Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai and cancer patients identified by the NGOs and local physicians in a 500 km radius of Nagpur. The first phase facilities will help about 1500 – 2000 cancer patients per month, the release added.
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