In treatment of cancer the man gets pauper and this is one such disease which makes a person desperate both physically and mentally, stated Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh after inaugurating the Balco Medical Centre at Sector-36 in Naya Raipur. He said that the hospital set up by Vedanta Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) will provide the best of the treatment for cancer patients at affordable cost and will be facilitating the people of Chhattisgarh and the neighbouring states. Chief Minister congratulated Founder and Chairperson of Vedanta Resources Anil Agrawal for setting up the cancer hospital at Naya Raipur.
In his address, Speaker of Chhattisgarh Legislative Assembly Gaurishankar Agrawal said that after the start of the cancer hospital at Naya Raipur, now the people in the state need not go to major cities for treatment as they will get the facilities at lowest rate in the state itself, he added.
Chairman of Vedanta Limited Navin Agrawal in his address said that by a rough estimate more than 50 lakh people are affected by cancer and the number is increasing. The treatment for cancer is expensive and the problem aggravate as the disease is not diagnosed at an early stage due to lack of awareness among the people. If diagnosed early the disease is curable through effective treatment.
Navin Agrawal stated that the Balco is committed to promote culture and value in the society. Various activities have been conducted in health, education, sports, women empowerment and other fields, he added. The Chairman asked the doctors and staffs not only to impart their best job but also create best working environment and ecological practice at the Balco Medical Centre.
Chairman of Tata Medical Centre Kolkata Dr Mammen Chandi said that beautiful facilities have been created at Balco Medical Centre. The people of the state will get world class facility for treatment of cancer at the hospital, he added. Jyoti Agrawal Chairperson Vedanta Medical Research Foundation in her address said that Balco Medical Centre has been built in a record 18 months. The hospital will provide the best of the facilities at affordable cost for common people. BALCO Medical Centre has a team of the best doctors to provide the highest level of cancer care, she added.
BALCO Medical Centre (BMC) is a key flagship philanthropic initiative of the Vedanta Group and aspires to deliver ultra-modern, multi-modality diagnostic and therapeutic cancer treatment through its world-class cancer facility in Naya Raipur. BMC has been developed with key inputs and advisory from Tata Medical Center Kolkata, and will look to provide the highest level of patient care in medical, surgical and radiation oncology at affordable costs. Balco Chief Executive Officer and Director Vikas Sharma proposed the vote of thanks.
Chief Secretary Ajay Singh, Additional Chief Secretary C K Khetan, Padma Bhushan Dr Suresh Advani, PWD Secretary Subodh Singh, Dr Prateek Agrawal, Ankit Agrawal, Secretary of Health Department Anil Sahu, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mudit Kumar Singh, officials and doctors attended the function. Artists of Prince Dance Group performed and enthralled the audience. Sand artist Vivek Patil also created the journey of Vedanta on sand artefact. Earlier, the Chief Minister also inspected the facilities in the hospital.
Rejecting opposition Congress’ allegations, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh clarified that the State government acted according to the rules in connection with land allocation to Balco Medical Centre. The Chief Minister told media persons that Health Department had suspended Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vedanta Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) for not completing project within stipulated time. Earlier, the government had allotted land to the VMRF on token money. The state government had imposed fine on VMRF and the Foundation paid the fine. Chairman of Vedanta Limited Navin Agrawal said that unnecessary dispute should not be created regarding establishment of Balco Medical Centre in Naya Raipur. Navin Agrawal told media persons that the hospital would be run on no loss and no profit basis. “We will make efforts to provide treatment to the people of Chhattisgarh at affordable cost”, he said.