Nagaland has opened a first of its kind multi-specialty hospital in the state in Dimapur.
In what could be a respite to the increasing number of cancer patients in the state, the hospital named Eden Medical Centre (EMC) is a 75-bedded hospital specialising in cancer treatment. It was inaugurated on Saturday by state Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Minister P Longon.
The EMC plans to upgrade itself to a 100-bedded hospital, with suites, cabins, and separate male and female wards.
Stressing the need to do a lot in the health secto, Longon said, “Our state being located away from mainland India, we are facing a lot of problems while tackling health issues.”
He stated the ordeal patients from Nagaland had to go through in having to go to far off places for treatment, thereby incurring heavy expenses both by the individual and the state government.
“But today, we are proud to have this Eden Medical Centre providing quality cancer care services to our patients at our doorstep by our own doctors.
I am greatly encouraged to see this type of hospital coming up in our home city where the state-of-the-art medical treatment is being provided to the patients at an affordable limit,” Longon said.
“I strongly believe that this hospital will bring changes in the life of cancer patients keeping in mind the value of human lives,” he added.
Chief of Dr. BR Ambedkar Institute-Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. (Prof) GK Rath, who also graced the inaugural ceremony, said,"Of the various diseases, cancer is among the three top causes of death in India. However, unlike other diseases like diabetes or blood pressure, cancer is curable, more so when detected at an early stage," he said.