Named after great Indian nuclear physicist Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (HBCH & RC), a unit of Tata Memorial Centre, today completed 6 years since it opened doors to outpatient department, day care services and diagnostic services on 77 acres site allotted by Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) for cancer care facility at Aganampudi village in Visakhapatnam. Today, HBCH & RC is home to highly skilled physicians and nurses who provide care in multi-disciplinary cancer specialties. Medical ethics, evidence and emotion remain the grounding principles for patient care. So, from the inception of HBCH & RC, palliative care services have been integrated into Oncology care seamlessly to ensure continuity of care.
“When we opened HBCH & RC six years ago, we knew it would be a game-changer for cancer care in the city of Visakhapatnam, said Former Director, Dr. D. Raghunatha Rao. “The progress we have made to treat and care for our patients has been nothing short of phenomenal. What our physicians, nurses, caregivers and staff have been able to accomplish for patients in Visakhapatnam in the last six years is astonishing,” said Dr. Rao. “We are so proud that HBCH & RC has growing into a premier cancer care centre in Andhra Pradesh,”.
During the past years, biggest initiative is cancer screening and preventive programme (Mother Daughter Pairs), where in mother is screened for cervical and breast cancer and daughter is given Human Papillomma Virus (HPV) vaccination to protect against cervical cancer.
Recently, the cancer care services were expanded to include new OPD with six rooms, empanelment for YSR Aarogyasri scheme of state of Andhra Pradesh and many PSU beneficiaries like Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT) and Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Vizag Steel Plant).
Earlier in the day tree plantation and awareness programme about Covid 19 was organised. Sharing details of future initiatives on the eve of 6th foundation day, Dr. Umesh Mahanshetty, Director of HBCH & RC said, “the main hospital building is also expected to be completed in next few months to achieve the mission of a comprehensive cancer care under one roof in the ongoing efforts of Tata Memorial Centre for implementing uniform cancer treatment standards. As compared to 2018 census, there is an increase in registration and all the services by 25% approximately. With the entire hospital being commissioned, we expect approximately 12,000- 15,000 cancer patients from North Coastal Andhra, Godavari, Krishna and Guntur districts, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar and Bangladesh will be benefitted. We also envisage development of smaller peripheral cancer centres based on ‘Hub and Spoke Model’ for prevention, screening and affordable high-quality cancer treatment at the community level in this region and contribute substantially towards National Cancer Grid Activities in this region. Finally, the goal is to work towards developing this Institution into ‘Tata Memorial Centre of the East’ so that every cancer patient in this region receives optimum treatment from care to cure. By this, we continue to lead the advancement of cancer medicine for our patients and their families in the years to come.”
Stating further, Dr. Mahanshetty, said “on being recognized as a Regional Hub by the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)- India project, we launched pilot ECHO project in providing online training to nurses in cancer screening and prevention, in collaboration with ICMR – NICPR, New Delhi. This is aimed at training different level of health workers especially at the peripheral health care units for early detection of cancer. We intend that this kind of workforce multiplication will eventually help detect cancers at an early stage, where chances of cure are higher”.
He thanked the Andhra Pradesh government for generous support towards the project and will remain grateful to all the philanthropist’s and organizations / foundations for their generous donations and support towards temporary infrastructure development, patient related activities.