The Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijaybhai R. Rupani today inaugurated the Nirali Cancer Hospital at the ‘A.M. Naik Healthcare Complex’, Navsari. 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. The hospital has been founded in his personal capacity by philanthropist, Padma Vibhushan awardee and Group Chairman of Larsen & Toubro, Mr. A.M. Naik. The hospital is built in the memory of Mr. Naik’s grand-daughter. 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.
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, 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.
Speaking on the occasion, 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 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.
Earlier in March, 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. The hospital, equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and manned by experienced doctors, will be operational by 2022.