Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Tuesday sought support and expertise from Tata Memorial Centre for imparting training in Oncology to the Doctors and Paramedics to update their skills to combat cancer in the state.
Badal sought support from TMC after an interactive session with the Doctors of the TMC here today and emphasised on the need to initiate a six months oncology training program for the Doctors and Para Medics of the Government Medical Colleges and Hospitals and the state’s Health Department with the help of TMC experts.
Badal apprised the team of TMC doctors that the services of doctors and paramedics after duly trained by them especially in the field of Oncology will be optimally utilised in the upcoming state-of-the-art Cancer treatment centres at Patiala, Amritsar, Faridkot, Bhatinda, Mohali and Sangrur.
“The state government will provide the requisite manpower available in terms of the doctors, nurses and technicians to run this program efficiently in Punjab,” Badal said while asking TMC to take care of their training with a view to deliver a quality service, so that the mission of the State Government to provide best cancer treatment especially to the poor patients of the state could be fulfilled in true spirit.
In order to motivate the nurses and other technical staff to undergo this special training, a team of the TMC would soon visit the state to explore and plan for the future.
“The state government has sanctioned new posts of the specialists (Doctors) and the process of recruitment by the Health department was in pipeline,” Badal said while asking the TMC experts to chalk out a plan to provide specific training to the Doctors also, for the upcoming ultra-modern Radiotherapy Hospitals in the state.
Meanwhile, TMC Director Dr RA Badwe assured the Chief Minister that he would soon depute a high level team to visit Bathinda and Patiala for chalking out the program and TMC will soon open a state-of-the-art Radiotherapy Hospital at a cost of Rs 22 crore in Sangrur, which will be equipped with the ultra-modern machines.
TMC had already started the process for setting up this hospital but the requisite permission from the Union government was still awaited, added Badwe.
Punjab government had already allotted a chunk of land for this purpose. The institute would commence the services in the field of Radiology besides latest techniques of Chemotherapy within next six months while the entire institute would be made operational within next two years.