Guwahati: In a first for the northeastern region, child cancer service centre will be established at Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) in Guwahati by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.
The set up of Pediatric Cancers and Haemato-lymphoid Service Centre was announced during a meeting of the management council of Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai.
The proposed project will involve construction of a seven storied building at an estimated cost of Rs 73.78 crore in the existing vacant plot of land in the BCCI premises near the Jironi Ghar (guest house) with a proposed completion date of four years, an official statement stated.
Around 400 childhood cancer patients visit BCCI from the northeastern region every year as there is a scarcity of dedicated child cancer service centre in the entire region, stated director of BBCI Dr Amal Chandra Kataki.
De Kataki further stated that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have selected BBCI as one of the 11 centres of the South East Asia Regional Practice Network for Childhood cancer Management.