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‘I dedicate my last years to health,’ Ratan Tata at cancer hospital inauguration in Assam

A joint venture between the Assam government and Tata Trusts is building 17 cancer hospitals in the state.

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New Delhi: Industrialist Ratan Tata accompanied Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday in inaugurating cancer hospitals in Assam under the Assam Cancer Care Foundation – a joint venture of the state government and the Tata trusts.

The frail industrialist said at the event: “I dedicate my last years to health.”

He urged the governments to make Assam “a state that recognised and was recognised by all”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated seven state-of-the-art cancer hospitals under the Assam Cancer Care Foundation – a project that is building 17 cancer hospitals across the state.

Modi had tweeted: “In the Dibrugarh programme, 7 cancer hospitals across Assam will be inaugurated and the foundation stone for 7 more cancer hospitals will be laid. Such upgradation of healthcare facilities across Assam is unprecedented and will help the people tremendously.”

Under phase one of the project, the construction of seven hospitals have been completed out of 10. The other three hospitals are at various levels of construction, news agency ANI reported. The completed hospitals are at Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Darrang, Tezpur, Lakhimpur and Jorhat.

Phase 2 of the project would see construction of seven more cancer hospitals at Dhubri, Nalbari, Goalpara, Nagaon, Sivasagar, Tinsukia and Golaghat. Prime Minister Modi laid the foundation stone for these centres on Thursday.

Modi said at the inauguration: “Today, 7 new cancer hospitals have been inaugurated in Assam. There was a time, even one hospital being opened in 7 years was a thing to celebrate. Times have changed now. I’ve been told three more cancer hospitals will be ready for your service in a few months.”

He added: “Hospitals are at your service but I will be happy if these new hospitals remain empty; I pray for your health… our government has also focussed on preventive healthcare with yoga, fitness and swachhata. New testing centres are also being opened up in the country.”

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