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Last Updated: February 12, 2011
Sheila Dikshit Inaugurates Second Phase Facilities of Delhi State Cancer Institute
By A U Asif

Delhi, February 13 Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit would formally inaugurate here today the second phase facilities of the Dilshad Garden-based Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI), a centre engaged in the service of humanity for the last four and half years in the presence of Prof Kiran Walia, Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Languages; Jai Prakash Aggarwal, MP (North East Delhi); Veer Singh Dhingan, MLA Seemapuri; Ajit Chaudhary, Municipal Councillor (Dilshad Garden); and other dignitaries.

The first phase facilities were dedicated to the people by her on August 26, 2006. Renowned cancer specialist Prof R K Grover is its founder-Director-cum-CEO.

The DSCI has now come up as a unique set up with several firsts to its credit as the equipments installed at this Institute are of the latest generation. This is the first institute in the country under government to start radiation treatment with Linear Accelerator. It is to point out the first phase facilities comprised the OPD consultation, chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment with one Linear Accelerator.

The physical infrastructure and the ambience created for this Institute is amongst the finest in the country for any government institution. By next year, it is expected to be the first such set up of the country under the government. It is going to start new construction by vertical expansion for adding 150 new beds by 2012-13. The Institute has also a plan to construct chain of similar centres in other parts of Delhi.

Established as an autonomous institution of the Government of NCT of Delhi on April 5, 2006, it has been planned to meet futuristic needs of the society in the region and is being developed in phases.

The ultimate aim of the Institute is to create necessary infrastructure for developing it into a role model centre of excellence and to provide state-of-the-art facilities for comprehensive management of all types of cancers with latest concept and technology, including screening, early detection, rehabilitation and outreach services under one roof, besides commencing high-end academic and human resource development program along with dedicated research labs in collaboration with international fraternity. It is providing free services to the people.

According to Prof R K Grover, the main motto of the DSCI is that the facilities to be provided should be of international standard and within the reach of common man so that the poorest of the poor also could avail all the facilities.

For the convenience of ever-increasing number of cancer patients, the DSCI runs its OPD and all related services from 7:00 AM in the morning till 7:00 PM in the evening daily with emergency services being provided round the clock. It has been providing only Day Care Services to the cancer patients, comprising OPD Consultations, Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy treatment facilities since its inception till 2009-10.

Says Abdul Mannan, Joint Director (Administration): “There has been continued augmentation of services being provided by the DSCI and as a result of it the number of beneficiary patients which were 68,134 during 2007 rose to 2,05,308 up to March 2010. About 500 patients get OPD consultations, about 200 patients are being given Radiotherapy and 100–150 patients are being provided chemotherapy treatment daily.”

The second phase facilities comprise 68-bed general ward, 29-bed private, semi-private wards, two VIP suits, 20-day care beds for chemotherapy treatment, one 6 MV Low Energy Linear Accelerator and one High-Dose Linear Accelerator with IGRT & IMRT facilities, 128-slice CT Scanner with RT Simulation, Digital X-Ray with fluoroscopy and Digital subtraction angiography, state-of-the-art mammography equipment with stereotactic biopsy facility, latest generation ultrasound equipment with Breast Elastography and Radiofrequency Ablation system, latest generation 5-part Haematology counter, fully automated biochemistry auto-analyzer, microbiology culture and sensitivity system.

While commissioning of the general ward facilities shall continue to be a great benefit for the poor patients, commencement of the private ward facilities also at this Institute would provide immense relief to a large number of middle and high income group patients and to the Government/ PSU employees who are entitled for reimbursement, as they would be able to avail better facilities at much lesser costs the that of the prevailing cost in the private sector in the field. This, in return, would bring revenue for the Institute to further expand its services faster.

Four Modular Operation Theatres with ICU, Bone Marrow transplant, stems cell transplant system, PET MR Scan, HDR Brachytherapy Unit, Medical Cyclotron, Gamma Camera, Radioisotope treatments and Diagnostic / Therapeutic Endoscopy facilities, Onco-dentistry wing, research Lab., academic programme and outreach services along with ISM, Yoga and naturopathy would be commissioned in 2011-12.

----A U Asif, Editor, www.fanawatch.com, can be reached at au_asif@yahoo.co.in

 


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