Ranchi, Aug 4: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that providing better health care facilities to the poor people of the state was priority for his government and to ensure the health reach among the people many effective steps have been taken.
Addressing the people after inaugurating the 200 bed Sadar Hospital in Ranchi he said that by December 2018 another 300 beds would be made operational in the hospital. He said that steps are being taken to modernize the district hospitals so that people from the villages do not have to come to RIMS of Sadar Hospital for treatment. He said that the health care centers are also being strengthened. Mr Das said that after 70 years of Independence there were only three medical colleges in the state and his government has started work on building three more medical colleges having a capacity of 500 bed each in Dumka, Palamu and Hazaribagh.
He said that the Government of India has also accorded approval for three new medical colleges in Koderma, Chaibasa and Bokaro and in the next three years the number of medical colleges in the state would become nine. He said that AIIMS in Deoghar would be functional in the next two years. He said that work of building the cancer hospital in Ranchi with thre help of Tata Trust would also start soon.
Mr Das said that the maternal and infant mortality rates in the state were high therefore the doctors should at least treat 5-12 patients free of cost and as per the appeal of the Prime Minister on every 9th day of the month they should give their service free of cost for pregnant women and children. He said that the doctors have a vital role to play in making a healthy Jharkhand. He said that for years no recruitment took place in the health sector due to which there is lack of medical staff alongwith doctors in the state. He said that his government has started recruitment of the doctors and so far 536 doctors have been appointed