Treatment of cancer is a prolonged one, as also very expensive. Cancer patients from Assam who throng Mumbai’s famed Tata Memorial Centre (Tata Memorial Hospital) are feeling a huge relief, thanks to the Assam Bhawan of the Government of Assam.
The Assam Bhawan is located at Vashi, Navi Mumbai, which caters to the needs of all sections of cancer patients visiting the city from Assam. Since Mumbai is one of the most expensive cities of the world, the Assam Bhavan has given its ground and first floors to accommodate cancer patients and their attendants visiting from Assam. This is at a very low cost, which is a very welcome augury.
Around 55 people can be accommodated on the ground and first floors of the Mumbai Assam Bhavan.
The room tariff are extremely pro-people. It is Rs 85 per person per night in Rooms and Rs 40 per person per night in Dormitories. Since the Tata Memorial Centre is about 30 km from the Assam Bhavan, the Bhavan provides bus service to the cancer patients and their attendants to visit the hospital at the rate of Rs 30 to-and-fro fare, which is commendable. The bus has been donated by the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB).
There is also a canteen in the Mumbai Assam Bhawan where vegetarian meal is available at Rs 40 and chicken meal at Rs 55, which is quite a low price, given the high cost of living in Mumbai.
The Mumbai Assam Bhavan also provides warm water 24 hours a day, apart from the provision of medicines for cancer patients to be refrigerated.
The Mumbai Assam Bhavan is under the General Administration Department (GAD) of the Assam government. Recently, the GAD issued a notification to raise the rates of rooms and dormitories and said that a cancer patient can stay for a maximum of 30 days in the Bhavan. In view of this, the cancer patients of the State have requested Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi through a letter to maintain the earlier rates for their convenience and so that they can stay there for at least 2 months. They told the Chief Minister that cancer patients would need at least six-seven months for their full treatment.
The patients are hopeful that the Chief Minister would pay heed to their cry.
The Assam Bhavan in Mumbai can be contacted at 022-27810888.
Sometimes, when cancer patients arrive at the Assam Bhavan, Mumbai all of a sudden, they do not get any accommodation as all the rooms and dormitories are packed. In this situation, the Assam Bhavan comes in contact with Deepshikha Foundation, an Assam-based NGO, to make arrangements for their accommodation at affordable rates.
Courtesy: by VOA Team.