The efforts are started to set up a tertiary cancer center at King George Hospital (KGH) –Andhra Medical College (AMC), which was firstly they want to set up in Nellore. Under National Cancer Control programme, Rs 45 crore was sanctioned for the purpose of the center. Due to some political issues, the cancer center project in Nellore was stopped. Then AMC sent their representative to Delhi to get that project sanctioned and take over from upcoming KGH-CSR oncology block.KGH want to reallocate the budget and designs for the block after few public sectors units are pulled out from funding for the CSR oncology block.
Moreover, after state separation, AP has no full-fledged government-run exclusive cancer care center through a state cancer hospital as proposed at Kurnool with RS 120 crore center-funded project. In an immediate note, the state is supposed to run well equipped tertiary cancer center in Visakhapatnam.
“It would be a big boon for patients if they get a government-run tertiary cancer care center in Visakhapatnam since the existing ones are also paid private ones” said by the head of the department of oncology at KGH-AMC Dr. N Sujatha.
For the CSR oncology block, the works were already started. High-end cancer equipment worth Rs. 21 crore can be purchased from the RS 45 crore central funds and the block can also be completed as per schedule and plan.
“Already proposals have been sent to the Centre in person. From KGH-AMC to the DME to the principal secretary – all have been trying for the tertiary center and we have sent a senior doctor to Delhi to negotiate to bring the sanctioned project to Vizag, where already the civil works of the oncology block are ongoing. With Visakhapatnam becoming the medical hub in the state, the cancer care center needs to be set up here.” said the Dr. P V Sudhakarwho is the Principal of AMC.