In a first, the Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) in Assam’s Guwahati has successfully conducted a bone marrow transplant (BMT).
The patient, a 46-year-old man hailing from Kamapur village of Kamrup district, was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, “My heartiest congratulations to HM @keshab_mahanta, Prof Jina Bhattacharyya & GMCH team on your stupendous feat of performing Assam's first Bone Marrow Transplant on a 46-yr-old male patient. It's a significant milestone in our passionate pursuit of excellence in healthcare."
“What makes this feat special is that now it gives us the ability to offer this critical care to patients at a much lower cost as against cost incurred by State Govt in referring our patients to outside Assam. Our commitment to give the best healthcare services is unwavering,” he added.
He also informed that the procedure will cost Rs 2 lakh and there will be two seats for BMT patients.
The chief minister visited GMCH to meet the doctors and staff and congratulated for the successful procedure.
Assam health minister Keshab Mahanta, GMCH Superintendent Dr. Abhijit Sharma were present.
Notably, Dr B Borooah Cancer Insitute (BBCI) had also successfully conducted the first bone marrow transplant in a public sector hospital in the northeast.