Berhampur, June 25 (LocalWire): The chemotherapy (daycare) centre at the district headquarter hospital, here, has remained closed for the last year due to dearth of trained doctors.
The six-bed chemotherapy center at City Hospital was opened for patients on October 2017 after the state government decided to provide free chemotherapy treatment in all district headquarter hospitals in the state, sources said.
The government had also sanctioned Rs 1.70 lakh along with equipment for the infrastructure development of the centre.
The move was welcome by the patients who otherwise had to travel to Cuttack and spend nearly Rs 12,000 to Rs 15,000 for each chemotherapy session.
Free chemotherapy brought down the cost of treatment substantially.
At least 50 patients had registered and as many as 18 patients were administrated chemotherapy in the hospital.
Medicines worth Rs 10-crore were also stocked for free distribution.
But after the only doctor at the centre, Surgeon Prasant Kumar Patra, was transferred to Paralakhemundi in Gajapati district in February last year, the centre has remained non-functional.
Patients are once again being forced to go to AHRCC Cuttack for chemotherapy, said a cancer patient here.
Chief district medical officer, Bijay Kumar Panigrahy, however, said the center would start functioning soon following the appointment of a trained doctor.
‘During our recent discussion, I have asked the hospital authorities to re-start the centre soon,’ he said.