Vedanta brings ray of hope for cancer patients in India

Vedanta is building a 360 bedded " Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research Centre" in Raipur, Chattisgarh. This hospital is coming at a cost of Rs. 350 crore with 20% bed space for BPL.

Going by the reports of Cancer Foundation of India, it is estimated that at any given point of time there are 2.0 to 2.5 million cancer cases requiring cancer treatment in India and there is an increment of 10,000 new cancer cases ever year.

WHO report categorically mentions Cancer as a leading cause of death worldwide.

The disease accounted for 7.4 million deaths, or around 13% of all deaths worldwide, in 2004. More than 70% of all cancer deaths occurred in low and middle-income countries. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 12 million deaths in 2030. As per WHO’s prediction by the year 2010 itself, cancer will overtake cardiac diseases and become the No. 1 killer.

It is well documented that more than 70% of disease burden is related to life-style factors such as food & beverage practices, personal habits, infections, tobacco consumption to name a few. In addition, urbanization, industrialization and increasing life-span are also known to influence the cancer pattern globally.

Taking the note of gravity of situation in India, Vedanta Group laid the foundation of “Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research Centre” in August 2007. This 360 bedded hospital is being built on 50 acre of land with an estimated cost of over Rs. 350 crore. Once fully operational, it will employ about 125 doctors and 300 nurses besides a number of para-medical and non medical staff.

Taking special care for the under-privileged, Vedanta will be keeping 20% of the bed space for BPL families. The hospital is being built on self-sustainable basis with special concession and facilities to poor families.

Assessing the magnitude of rising cases, Vedanta Group has already started working towards the cause. Voluntary camps are being organized in remote villages and special mobile vans equipped with ultra modern equipments are screening the suspected patients on regular basis. So far about 40 such camps have been conducted in 500 villages covering 160,000 people in 28,000 house-holds. In these camps 3,125 cases were registered (May 2010) out of which 516 were suspected cases and 155 cases were confirmed cancer cases. Out of 155, 60 patients were identified for further treatment. 22 surgeries have been performed at BALCO Hospital, Chattisgarh, and build by BALCO, a Vedanta group company in aluminium business in Chattisgarh.

The cancer hospital project would be completed in two phases. The first phase of the Vedanta Cancer Hospital Project at Raipur is slated for completion in November 2011. In this Phase-I the hospital would become operative with 100 beds. Vedanta has already underlined capex expenditure of Rs. 200 crore for this year.

“Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research Centre” will also have five satellite centres, located at strategic locations covering 16 districts of Chattisgarh to cover a large number people for screening and for further treatment.

The “Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research Centre” will provide state-of-the-art facilities to Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Orissa besides Chattisgarh.

In the first phase, the hospital is expected to look after 4,000 - 6,000 patients and once it becomes fully operational it is expected to cater to about 15,000 patients.

As per the data of WHO, the cancer problem needs a focused and dedicated attention. “Vedanta Cancer Hospital and Research Centre” will come up as a big relief for the treatment of cancer and provide state-of-the-art treatment to people at large.

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful Thought.Keep proceeding like this. My best wishes to Vedanta for it's continuous improvement in Social activities. So proud to be Vedanta employee.

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  2. It is very proud to see that the company is and always with the people and helping people. This is the best example and my best wishes for the project and vedanta group. It is proud to be vedanta employee.
    -Bhaskar A

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  3. Apart from ruling & become king of lead & Zinc we want to be heart of common people too...

    Proud to be Vedantian.......

    Hansa Vyas

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  4. Saroj Kumar Bag,VAL Jharsuguda.June 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    The computer educations should be available for the children of Jharsuguda also.As VAL has its World Class Aluminium plant here. But the initiaves by VEDANTA at varius fields are very best.
    My best wishes to VEDANTA for its CSR activities. Proud to be a VEDANTA employee...
    THANKSS........

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  5. yes,it is a big step of CSR activities.people in the region willbe greatly benefited...also the 20% for BPL is a nice idea.

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