NAVSARI (Surat): The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijaybhai R. Rupani inaugurated the 100 bed Nirali Cancer Hospital spread over 8 acres of land at the A.M. Naik Healthcare Complex, Navsari in Gujarat state. The hospital, equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and manned by experienced doctors, will be operational by 2022.
Named in the memory of Nirali, granddaughter of Naik who passed away due to cancer at the age of two, Nirali Memorial Medical Trust (NMMT) was set up by the Naik family to offer advanced medical care, especially to those who cannot afford quality treatment.
The Trust has also set up a facility at Powai in Mumbai, called, ‘A.M. Naik Charitable Health Centre’ that focuses on providing access to best quality medical care to local communities of Mumbai at affordable prices. Naik’s early healthcare initiatives also included building a new wing – the Nichchhabhai Ratanaji Naik Wing – of the General Hospital at Kharel.
Earlier in March, the Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu had laid the foundation stone for the 500-bed Nirali Multi-specialty Hospital which is adjacent to the Cancer Hospital.
Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, the hospital offers comprehensive and affordable cancer care, and will augment and upgrade the services available in the entire region.
Operations at the hospital will be carried out by the reputed Apollo CBCC Group, and will cover oncology, diagnostics, nuclear medicine, radiology, and other services such as pain management, physiotherapy, etc.
Advanced procedures such as general surgery including gastroenterology and urology, cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, pediatrics including neonatology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedic treatment and emergency, critical care and trauma care will be provided.
Naik, said, “This hospital will bring in a new era of hope and assurance for the community and I am very happy to be able to contribute to my janmabhoomi. The desire to do something to benefit the community has always been part of my family’s tradition. I believe that if each citizen gives what they can, however little it may be – money, time or expertise – it adds up to vast pool of resources – which can benefit millions across the country.”
Naik, who is ranked as ‘India’s most generous professional manager’ in the EdelGive Hurun India’s Philanthropy List 2020, focusses his philanthropic efforts in the field of healthcare, education and skill-building.
Naik further added, “It gives me immense pleasure that the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri. Vijaybhai Rupani today inaugurated the Nirali Cancer Hospital, to propel our vision to provide patients and their families the assurance of world-class medical service and care. We will continue to serve the community through the Nirali Memorial Medical Trust and walk with them in their fight against cancer. Philanthropy has been part of my family tradition for nearly a century. I am confident my son will take it forward into the future.
The eight-acre healthcare complex has residential facilities for doctors, staff and accommodation for nurses, utility block, services building, liquid oxygen tank yard and parking space.
The long track record of NMMT includes setting up a multi-diagnostic medical centre in Powai, Mumbai; a radiation centre in Surat and mobile medical units.
Present at the inauguration ceremony were C R Patil, Member of Parliament, Navsari, Ganpatsinh Vasava, Minister – Tribal Development, Tourism, Forest, Women and Child Welfare, Ishwarbhai Parmar, Minister – Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Kishorbhai Kanani, Minister of State – Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education, other Members of Parliament, Ministers, Ardra Agarwal, IAS – Navsari, Preetha Reddy – Vice Chairperson Apollo hospitals, Jignesh Naik – Board Member NMMT, Y S Trivedi, ECom member – Larsen & Toubro and other dignitaries. True to its vision, the Trust endeavors to continuously augment its ability to eliminate uncertainties in diagnostics and treatments, promote comprehensive care, alleviate suffering, and expedite recovery.