After Assam, Tata Trusts inks agreement for Cancer Care Programme in Nagaland

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Guwahati, August 8: With a view to provide high quality and affordable cancer care services, the Nagaland Government and Tata Trusts on Wednesday signed an agreement to roll out a Cancer Care Programme in collaboration with the public healthcare system of the state.

The Tata Trusts and the Nagaland government will establish a joint venture “Nagaland Cancer Care Foundation” and the collaboration will build on the public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable, a release said.

“The government of Nagaland and the Tata Trusts today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to implement a programme for providing comprehensive cancer care in the state,” said the release from Tata Trusts.

The MoU was signed between Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Commissioner & Secretary Himato Zhimomi and Burzis Taraporevala, CFO & Company Secy, Tata Trusts .

The release said that Nagaland is among the states that have the highest per capita burden of cancer in India and that through the partnership, they are aiming to provide the much-needed impetus by making cancer care accessible and affordable, and help in awareness and early diagnosis.

The programme will integrate with the existing plans of the state on cancer screening, palliative care and tobacco control with a three-tiered model of treatment delivery. The model is centred on the use of technology and building capabilities of the existing workforce to facilitate operations in remote areas and patient-centric design principles to provide a good in-hospital experience to patients and care-givers. Besides developing the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, the model envisages building capabilities in select district hospitals at Mon, Mokokchung, Phek and Tuensang so that patients do not have to travel more than a few hours for accessing the entire range of cancer care services, the release said.

The Tata Trusts had recently partnered with the Assam government to operationalise the Assam Cancer Care Foundation by laying the foundation stones of 19 upcoming modern cancer care facilities. They are  currently in talks with state governments in  Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana for establishing a similar cancer care network there as well.