Kerala govt sets up cancer treatment centre in Tamil Nadu

Kerala govt sets up cancer treatment centre in Tamil Nadu

The Kerala government announced on Friday that it has set up a cancer treatment centre in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that Regional Cancer Center (RCC) in Thiruvananthapuram has set up a cancer treatment facility at the Kanyakumari district hospital.

"Many people from Kanyakumari and neighbouring regions in Tamil Nadu depend on RCC for cancer treatment. For their benefit, the RCC has set up a cancer treatment centre in Kanyakumari district with the support of the Tamil Nadu government. Over 500 people from this region depend on RCC for cancer treatment", said Pinarayi Vijayan.

Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said that many regular cancer patients couldn't cross the state border due to the lockdown and possibilities of infection.

"Kerala has now taken this decision to ensure quality treatment for them [cancer patients]. The final decision was taken after the discussion between the health departments of both states," Shailaja said.

"Initially, patients from Tamil Nadu at RCC will be benefited through this. The doctors from Thiruvananthapuram RCC will appraise the doctors in Kanyakumari hospital about the condition of each patient through tele-conferencing. Follow up treatments, Chemotherapy, Palliative care and other necessary medication can be done at the hospital itself," said Shailaja.

The Regional Cancer Center (RCC) in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the premier cancer research and treatment institutes in the state. Thousands of patients from across the state used to visit this hospital regularly.

After the lockdown restrictions were imposed, the state government opened cancer treatment facilities at the district level. 22 such facilities were opened across the state.