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Kerala's Cochin Cancer Research Centre Secures INR 204 Cr Funding from KIIFB for Vital Medical Equipment Upgrade

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

September 13, 2023

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The government's initial plan to inaugurate the first phase of CCRC facilities in November appears increasingly likely to be delayed. In response to these concerns, Industries Minister P. Rajeeve recently chaired a meeting to assess the work progress at CCRC.

The Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) has allocated INR 204 Cr to acquire essential medical equipment for the Cochin Cancer Research Centre (CCRC) to enhance healthcare services. 

These funds will be distributed in three equal parts, with a six-month gap between installments.

The Kerala Medical Services Corporation Ltd (KMSCL) has been tasked with procuring these essential medical devices. The procurement list comprises around 170 pieces of equipment crucial for diagnosing and treating cancer. Some of these machines will be sourced internationally, while others can be obtained from domestic manufacturers. The list includes critical devices such as MRI, radiation, CT scans, PET scan machines, ventilators, and diagnostic equipment.

The acquisition process will be conducted in phases, matching with the need for more personnel for equipment installation. The release of funds in three stages is a strategic approach to managing this challenge. Installing the initial batch of equipment will precede procuring subsequent machines, as a CCRC official clarifies.

Currently, individuals seeking cancer diagnosis and treatment at CCRC often face referrals to other facilities or opt for private hospitals due to limited resources. This can result in treatment delays, extended waiting times at other facilities, or increased expenses at private healthcare providers.

The primary construction phase of CCRC is nearing completion, with civil works already finished and ongoing progress in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing aspects. The acquisition of necessary devices such as computers has been entrusted to Inkel.

However, certain equipment deliveries, such as the linear accelerator machine, have experienced significant delays, with the request made to KMSCL nearly three years ago. Despite these challenges, the government's initial plan to inaugurate the first phase of CCRC facilities in November will likely be postponed again.

In response to these delays, Industries Minister P. Rajeeve held a meeting in April 2023 to assess the project's progress. During the meeting, officials from various agencies involved in the project were urged to expedite their efforts.

Dr. N K Sanil Kumar of Justice Krishna Iyer Movement expressed gratitude by stating, "We had been demanding the same for the past several months." He also noted that the upcoming feeder service from Kalamassery Metro station to the medical college would benefit CCRC patients.

Overall, this funding allocation and the forthcoming feeder service are expected to significantly improve healthcare services at the Cochin Cancer Research Centre, ensuring that patients receive timely and essential care for cancer diagnosis and treatment.


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