Located in the beautiful surroundings of Bhopal’s picturesque Idgah Hills in the breezy, salubrious climate on the edge of the Malwa Plateau, the Jawaharlal Nehru Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Bhopal has proved to be a boon to the patients of Madhya Pradesh and the country at large.
Paradoxical as it may seem the genesis of this cancer institute lies in the world’s worst industrial disaster the Bhopal Gas Tragedy which left a trail of death and devastation – quite a few thousand dead and tens of thousands maimed, disabled and emaciated for life – following the leakage of huge quantities of Methylisocynite (MIC) gas from the Union Carbide’s Pesticides plant on a cold wintry morning on December 3, 1984. The cataclysmic tragedy shook the frail humanity of Madhya Pradesh capital to its marrow. Medical experts were almost unanimous in their view that the long term effects of this toxic gas would push up the graph of cancer incidence considerably. These warnings obviously added a sense of urgency to the long left need of a comprehensive cancer hospital in Bhopal, one of the fastest developing towns in India. Dedicated to the public on 11th January, 1995 by erstwhile President of India His Excellency Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the subsequent years witnessed a speedy expansion and upgradation of facilities with the result that the level of treatment of our institute is equivalent to any top nationally known cancer institutes. This has been acknowledged by a large galaxy of top experts.