Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will open MVR Cancer Centre and Research Institute (MVRCCRI), at Chulur in Kozhikode, on January 17, 2017, announced Shri CN Vijayakrishnan, Chairman of MVRCCRI at a press conference at the MVRCCRI campus here today.
The hospital, which has been build at an investment of Rs 350 crore will provide free treatment to 30% of all patients.
He added that the institute will bring the world here for quality treatment for affordable price..
MVRCCRI is a unit of Cancer and Allied Ailments Research (CARE) Foundation, and an initiative of Calicut City Service Cooperative Bank. The Foundation has started the project to provide solace to hundreds of cancer patients in Malabar region who have to travel long distances and spend a lot of money for treatment.
“We want o provide state-of-the-art treatment facilities at Kozhikode at a price that is affordable for all sections of people”, said CN Vijayakrishnan. “We will be providing free treatment to 30% of poor patients visiting the hospital”, he added.
He said, “Our aim is to create a hospital and research centre for cancer treatment that can be raised to the standards of Kennedy Cancer Centre in the United States in a phased manner. Our team has worked relentlessly to complete this project within 14 months, which in itself is a record. The project proves that mega projects are possible in Kerala if we work single-mindedly towards the goal.” During the first phase that will be completed by April 2017, MVRCCRI will have 300 beds in a built-up area of 600,000 square feet, he added.
Dr Narayanankutty Warrier, Medical Director of MVRCCRI told the gathering that cases of cancer are on the rise. “Every year about 60,000 cancer cases are reported in Kerala and only one-third of the patients are able to get quality
T.V.Velayudhan,secretary of the institute,P.Damodaran,director of City Serivce Co-op Bank also spoke.