Will support families of victims and cooperate with police: hospital trustee

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Trustee of ayurvedic hospital Integrated Cancer Treatment and Research Centre, Wagholi, Vaidya Sukumar Sardeshmukh expressed shock and said the incident was totally "unexpected".

"I was on my way to Mumbai, but I rushed back to Wagholi when I learnt about the incident. We were shocked and there was panic among our staff," Sardeshmukh told Newsline. The four-storey building was being constructed for providing panchkarma treatment to cancer patients. According to Sardeshmukh, a fresh cement concrete slab was being prepared when the incident occurred.

"Our first priority was to rescue the injured and one of them, 32-year-old Lobok Golisa, was taken by our ambulance to Rakshak Hospital," said Dr Umesh Tekawade, principal of the ayurvedic college. According to doctors at Rakshak Hospital, Lobok was admitted to ICU and had multiple fractures in his left leg.

Sardeshmukh said the contract for construction of the building was given to Prompt Landmarks. "We are cooperating with the police in providing all the required documents. We will also support the families of the labourers who have died," he said, terming the incident as an unfortunate one.

Dr Tekawade and other staff were present during the rescue operation. Authorities at the centre, however, refused to comment on the quality of construction. Sardeshmukh said technical points and lapses, if any, will be discussed later.

"We are extremely shocked that the collapse led to death of labourers and will extend all our support to their families," Sardeshmukh said.

The centre's cancer research project started in 1994 and according to Sardeshmukh, around 5,000 cancer patients have been treated through ayurvedic medicine. "The centre not only offers ayurvedic treatment, but has also integrated it with facilities of radiotherapy, chemotherapy, oncosurgery, and oncopathalogy."

"In fact this unique approach at the Integrated Cancer Centre has been recognised as Centre of Excellence by Department of AYUSH and has received Grant-In-Aid by Department of Atomic Energy, Department of AYUSH, Government of India & Sir Dorabaji Tata Trust for expansion purpose. The Tata Trust has donated Rs 7 crore for setting up a 50-bed hospital," he said.

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