Divisional cities to get full-fledged cancer treatment centres

ECNEC okays 8 projects worth Tk 89.68bn

Staff Correspondent

18 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government is going to set up 100-bed full-fledged cancer treatment centres in eight divisional medical college hospitals to ensure medical treatment for the marginal groups.

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved the project in this regard involving Tk 23.88 billion.

The ECNEC meeting  also approved eight development projects involving Tk 89.68 billion (8,968.08 crore) including the project of setting up cancer treatment centers in divisional medical college hospitals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the ECNEC Chairperson presided over the meeting at NEC Conference Room in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Tuesday.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister MA Mannan said that a total of 8 projects were approved involving an overall cost of Tk 8,968.08 crore.

“Of the total project cost, Tk 8,952.59 crore will come from the state exchequer while the rest of Tk 15.49 crore from project assistance.” Of the approved eight projects, five are new while three are revised projects.

The Planning Minister said the Health Services Division under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will implement the project for setting cancer treatment centers project by September 2022.

According to the recent estimation of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), around 1.50 lakh people are infected with cancer every year in Bangladesh while 1.08 lakh people die of cancer every year and the rate is increasing every year.

The main objectives of the project objectives include detecting cancer at the very early stage and thus ensure proper treatment, bringing the marginalized people under cancer treatment through decentralization of the treatment facilities.

The main project operations include constructing 17-storey buildings in all divisional medical college hospitals involving Tk 1,405.83 crore, procuring cancer treatment and surgery equipments with Tk 888.33 crore, and procuring necessary vehicles, ambulance and furniture.