Chandigarh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Mohali and said that to make India developed, it is equally important to develop its health services.

Showing gratitude, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who was present on the stage, said, “We welcome Prime Minister Modi to the holy land of Punjab. The cancer hospital that PM Modi has dedicated to the nation today is a big gift for us. Because Punjab has been suffering a lot from cancer.”

Addressing the gathering here, the Prime Minister said that the country is moving towards achieving new resolutions during the nectar of independence. Today’s program is also a reflection of the improving health services of the country. The people of Punjab, Haryana as well as Himachal Pradesh are going to benefit from Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital and Research Center.

The PM said that he is working to improve the health facilities of the country by working simultaneously at six fronts. He said that his government’s first front is to promote preventive healthcare. The second front is to open small and modern hospitals in every village. The third front is to open medical colleges and big hospitals with medical research in the cities.

Describing the fourth front, he said that it aims to increase the number of doctors and paramedical staff across the country. The fifth front is to provide cheap medicines and equipment to the patients. The sixth front is to use technology to reduce the difficulties faced by patients.

200 new medical colleges in 8 years: PM

As much as it is necessary to build a hospital, it is equally important to have a sufficient number of good doctors, availability of other paramedics. For this also, work is being done on mission mode in the country today. Before 2014, the country had less than 400 medical colleges in 70 years. while, in the last 8 years, more than 200 new medical colleges have been built in the country.

The speciality of this hospital

The hospital has been constructed at a cost of Rs 660 crore by the Tata Memorial Center, an aided institution under the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. This cancer hospital has a capacity of 300 beds and is equipped with many modern facilities.

There will be facilities for surgery, radiotherapy and medical oncology such as chemotherapy, immunotherapy and bone marrow transplant. The hospital will function as a center for cancer facilities and treatment across the region and a 100-bed hospital in Sangrur will act as its branch.

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