I-NK to be commissioned from December: CMD

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Kolkata, Jun 25 (UNI) The newly built Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (I-NK), a 40-crore non-profit Super Speciality Neuro Hospital, would commence its services from December, Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Dr Robin Sengupta said today.

''I-NK, to be built as a tripartite charitable company among the West Bengal Government, Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Bengal Neurosciences Foundation, is planned to be a unique institution in the country to provide the ultimate destination for the treatment of neurological and neurosurgical problems of the brain and spine patients,'' Mr Sengupta told newspersons here.

He said the Super Speciality hospital was being set up by the NRIs' donation with maximum coming from UK. The 150-beded hospital, targetting 3000 surgeries per year, was built with a total cost of Rs 40 crore, Mr Sengupta added.

''There are centres already in the country which have advanced facilities for Neurosurgery, but the eastern part of the country with a population of three hundred million is very poorly provided for the patients with neurological diseases who cover long distances within the country, or even abroad for proper treatment'' the CMD said.

In addition to Neurology and Neurosurgery, the institute would also have Neuro-Rehabilitation and Neurophyshiatry, the two neglected, yet most crucial disciplines necessary to take care of stroke patients and victims of head and spinal injuries, he informed.

''With the success of I-NK, we have also planned for setting up a Neuroscience Campus based on the model of AIIMS, NIMHANS or CMC Vellore in the city,'' he said.

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