Jammu and Kashmir's first Tata Memorial Cancer Care Center inaugurated in Kathua

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On September 24, 2023, Jammu and Kashmir inaugurated its first Tata Memorial Cancer Care Center affiliated with Tata Memorial Cancer Care Center (TMC) Mumbai in the newly constructed block of Government Medical College (GMC) in Kathua.

An Overview of the News

  • The establishment of the Tata Satellite Cancer Care facility in Kathua addresses the increasing incidence of cancer in the region, which is attributed to factors such as aging, lifestyle changes and environmental impacts.

  • This healthcare facility in Kathua aims to serve not only Jammu and Kashmir but also the neighboring areas of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, which lack facilities like the Tata Memorial Center (TMC).

  • The introduction of the day-care chemotherapy unit at GMC Kathua makes cancer treatment more accessible and affordable for the local population, eliminating the inconvenience and high cost associated with travel to TMC Mumbai.

India's Healthcare Vision

  • Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is expanding its healthcare infrastructure, including the establishment of medical colleges, AIIMS institutes and biotech parks. 'Kathua-Udhampur-Doda' parliamentary constituency is moving towards becoming the future 'health circuit' of India.

India's Vision for Bio-economy

  • India aims to achieve a $150 billion bioeconomy by 2025, with a significant focus on biotechnology and its contribution to vaccine development and cancer treatment.

Leading Cancer Hospital in India

  • Tata Memorial Hospital is located in Mumbai.

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is located in New Delhi.

  • Cancer Institute, located in Chennai.

  • Apollo Specialty Hospital is located in Chennai.

  • Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute is located in Ahmedabad.

  • Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre is located in Delhi.

  • Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology is located in Bengaluru.

  • Regional Cancer Centre, located in Thiruvananthapuram.

  • HCG (Healthcare Global Enterprises), based in Bengaluru.

  • Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research is located in Chandigarh.

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