Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute Credit: File Image

Guwahati: In the recently released rankings of cancer hospitals which have successfully implemented the Ayushman Bharat (AB) – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) scheme of the Government of India for cancer services across India in its second year (Arogya Manthan 2.0), Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati has been ranked third in the list which constituted cancer hospitals from all over India.

BBCI held the top position from the northeast in the list and trailed only to Medical College and Hospital in Kerala and Cancer Institute, Adyar in Tamil Nadu secured the first and the second positions, respectively, in the all India rankings in implementation of AB-PMJAY.

In the last two years, BBCI have provided treatment to over 9,800 cancer patients for free of cost under the government scheme. In India, around 1.3 crore patients have had been admitted in 22,395 hospitals which are empanelled under the AB-PMJAY scheme for cancer treatment. Under this scheme, 12.59 crore e-cards have also been issued to beneficiaries in the country.

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Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, director of the BBCI reflected upon the time, prior to 2018 when the scheme was not introduced and said that it was difficult for cancer patients to afford the treatment and had to quit midway through treatment due to financial constraints.

“This AB-PMJAY scheme has been a boon for many cancer patients from the underprivileged sections. We hope, in future, we are going to witness good outcomes and improvement in overall survival of cancer patients,” he stated.

Patients from the northeastern states have found an abode at the BBCI in Guwahati for their cancer miseries.

“If this scheme was not initiated by the government, it would not have been possible for us to afford the treatment for our brother,” said delightedly one of the relatives of a patient from Tripura who had undergone treatment at the cancer institute in under the AB-PMJAY scheme.

“My mother’s initial diagnosis was done at Shillong. We received assistance from the AB-PMJAY scheme and my mother underwent radiotherapy and chemotherapy at BBCI, which was indeed a great support for a family like ours. The AB-PMJAY is a noble scheme. But the only issue is it takes a long time like a whole day for receiving the approval. I hope this can be rectified,” added another who had come from Meghalaya for treatment of his ailing mother.

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