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Andhra Pradesh: Scheme launched for free cancer treatment

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 Inkeshaf Ahmed
The scheme will be implemented by the Tata Trust and NGOs in partnership with the Andhra Pradesh state government on a PPP mode.

With the objective of providing free treatment to those suffering from cancer, the Andhra Pradesh government has come up with a novel scheme which will be jointly implemented by the Tata Trust, the state government and NGOs.

The principal secretary of health, medical and family welfare Poonam Malakondaih issued a GO for the implementation of the scheme. As part of the scheme, the state government will establish cancer care centers in districts which do not have them. The responsibility of operating the centers will be handed over to any private organisation and NGOs on first come first serve basis.

The state government will establish a trust by name NTR Cancer Care Trust to extend support to the managements of the centers. The principal secretary of health, medical and family welfare department will be the advisor of the trust. The Chief Executive Officer of NTR Vaidya Seva Trust, the managing director of Tata Trust, the director of Directorate of Medical Education and the director of Mumbai based Tata Memorial Hospital will be the trust members. The state government has also decided to create a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to implement the scheme.

The state government will provide land and financial assistance and construct buildings for all those who come forward to run the cancer care centers under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

The state government has decided to implement several national level programmes with the help of the cancer care centers. It has been decided to run special cancer care training programmes for the benefit of the doctors and other medical staff. "The special cancer care courses that we offer will have recognition from NTR University of Health Sciences. It will issue certificates to all the graduates of these special training programmes. This will help so many doctors to get special qualifications to offer their services as cancer treatment specialists," an official of the health department told DTMT.

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