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Kerala gets its first Department of Ocular Oncology for eye cancer treatment
Kerala: An administrative sanction of `18 crore has been given for various projects to develop the Kannur Thalassery Malabar Cancer Center as a Post Graduate Institute of Oncology Science and Research. Shailaja's teacher informed. 50 lakh for setting up of the first Ocular Oncology Department in the State, Rs. 25 lakhs per unit, Rs. 50 lakhs for expansion of oncology department, Rs....
Kerala: An administrative sanction of `18 crore has been given for various projects to develop the Kannur Thalassery Malabar Cancer Center as a Post Graduate Institute of Oncology Science and Research.
Shailaja's teacher informed. 50 lakh for setting up of the first Ocular Oncology Department in the State, Rs. 25 lakhs per unit, Rs. 50 lakhs for expansion of oncology department, Rs. 26 lakhs for District Cancer Control Program Pilot Project, Rs. 1.91 crore for Hospital Quality Assurance Program and Cell, Rs. 2.32 crore for lifts in various blocks and 4.31 crore for the third phase of student hostels. 1.30 crore for the expansion of the Medical Library. An amount of `28 crore has been set apart for the development of this phase. He said the process of giving administrative sanction for the remaining amount was in progress.
This is the first time in the state that an Ocular Oncology Department has been set up in the government sector. This section is set up for the state-of-the-art treatment of cancer, which is rare in the eyes of adults and children. Patients often rely on other states for this treatment. With this in mind, the Department of Ocular Oncology is being set up for the first time under a government cancer center. The department will have state-of-the-art cancer early detection and treatment systems.
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The Malabar Cancer Center is undergoing major development activities. Recently, the CM inaugurated 50 crore completed projects and laid the foundation stone of new projects worth 114 crore. The first phase of development work worth `82 crore is being carried out in MCC through Kifbi. KIFB is considering approval for the second phase of development worth `560 crore. With the completion of these projects, large facilities will be set up at the Cancer Center in the Malabar region.
In 2008, 1040 new patients were dependent on MCC, while in 2019 the number of new patients increased to 6500. The number of people seeking follow-up treatment has increased to 77,477 and 4,600 have been admitted for inpatient treatment. Even by the time of Kovid, by 2020, about 7000 patients will be coming every month. The Malabar Cancer Center is the only government-run institution for bone marrow transplantation in children. About 61,000 Kovid tests were conducted at the Kovid Lab at MCC during this period.
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