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Tata Trusts today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nagaland government

PTI Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 16:08 IST India

Tata Trusts today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Nagaland government to roll out a cancer care programme in collaboration with the public health care system of the state, a release from the Tata Trusts said.

The programme will integrate with the existing plans of the state on cancer screening, palliative care and tobacco control with a three-tiered model of treatment delivery. Besides developing the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, the model envisages building capabilities in select district hospitals at Mon, Mokokchung, Phek, and Tuensang so that patients do not have to travel more than a few hours for accessing the entire range of cancer care services.

The MoU was signed between Tata Trusts senior advisor Burzis Taraporevala and Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Commissioner and Secretary Himato Zhimomi, the release said.

Speaking on the occasion, Taraporevala said, "Nagaland is among the states that have the highest per capita burden of cancer in India. Through the partnership, we aim to provide the much-needed impetus by making cancer care accessible and affordable, and help in awareness and early diagnosis."

The Tata Trusts and the Nagaland government will establish a joint venture -- Nagaland Cancer Care Foundation -- and the collaboration will build on the public healthcare system to make cancer care accessible and affordable, it said.

"The model is centered on the use of technology and building capabilities of the existing workforce to facilitate operations in remote areas and patient-centric design principles to provide a good in-hospital experience to patients and caregivers," the release said. Recently, the Tata Trusts partnered with the Assam government to operationalize the Assam Cancer Care Foundation by laying the foundation stones of 19 upcoming modern cancer care facilities.

The Tata Trusts is currently in talks with state governments such as Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Telangana for establishing similar cancer care network.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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