‘Cancer Wing to be in operation in few months’ time’

Shillong, Feb 4: The much delayed Cancer Wing of the Shillong Civil Hospital may be operationalised by this year, hospital authorities said.

Dr. Anisha Mawlong, in-charge of Oncology department of the hospital informed that the Cancer was supposed to be inaugurated in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it had to be halted.

The in-charge of the Oncology department informed that later the facility was designated for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. She however informed that with the decrease in COVI-19 cases in the state of late, the department is planning to shift to the new facility in a few months’ time.

“Fortunately with COVID-19 cases coming down in our state. Right now we are in the process of planning to move the department to the Cancer Wing,” Dr. Mawlong said.

She said that the Cancer Wing in the Shillong Civil Hospital will be a boon to patients of the state and they may not have to go outside for treatment anymore.

The operation of the Cancer Wing in Shillong Civil Hospital has been hanging fire for over several years now despite high prevalence of the disease in Meghalaya.

The construction of the wing started in 2011 with a funding of Rs 26 crore from the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India.

In 2015, a team from the Department of Atomic Energy had pulled up the state government for the delay  and sophisticated equipment worth Rs 15 crore will be used to provide better medical facilities to patients.  

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