“Congratulate doctors at @SCBMCHCTC for successfully performing the first-ever allogeneic bone marrow transplant on a blood cancer patient, Abhiram Jena. This is a significant milestone achieved by Odisha which is going to save many precious lives,” Office of the Chief Minister tweeted.
As per reports, a team of doctors at the SCB Hospital, headed by Dr RK Jena, performed the first-ever allogeneic bone marrow transplant on Abhiram Jena, a 21-year-old blood cancer patient of Dhenkanal, free of cost on Saturday.
“The BMT, which would have cost around Rs. 30 lakh and the waiting period would have been at least one year outside Odisha, was carried out with active support of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his administration,” said Dr RK Jena, who led the doctors’ team during the critical operation.
The BMT unit in the Hospital has been extending costly treatment facility to cancer patients free of cost – a first such effort in a State Government hospital in the country.
Till Saturday, the unit at the SCB Medical College had been conducting only autologous BMT, hospital sources said.