Chaibasa, Feb. 28: A new medical college will be opened in West Singhbhum district and the project will be included in the Jharkhand Budget for 2016-17, announced state health minister Ramchandra Chandra Bansi while addressing the people of Chaibasa on the occasion of a medical camp organized at Chaibasa Sadar Hospital on Sunday.
He also added that TAC member J B Tubid requested him to open a medical college in West Singhbhum district as the district is among the most backward and tribal-dominated areas of Jharkhand. “We discussed the matter with Chief Minister Raghubar Das and he has agreed to the proposal. He CM has asked for arranging 50 acres of land for setting up the proposed medical college,” the minister said.
He added, “We have put up the matter for the approval and it has been finalized. The proposal will now be included in the budget session beginning from March 3.”
The health minister also said that the people who have an annual income of below Rs 72,000 will be provided free treatment and Rs 4 lakh in case of serious diseases. Women in the state will also be provided free treatment and 45 hospitals in the state have been listed for this purpose.
Nodal officers have been appointed to enlist such cases in every district. Bansi assured all the ANMs and GNMs will be regularized as permanent employeed very soon. All state government-run hospitals will have free medicines available. TB diagnosis machines and 5-bed ICUs will be set up in every districts hospital. Ultrasound machines will also be provided to eight hospitals.
He also added that the state government will grant a sum of Rs. 30 crore along with five years’ interest to anyone who wants to run private hospitals in Jharkhand within an area of 20 acres.
While, the minister compared Raghubar Das to former Bihar Chief Minister Karpuri Thakur, he also appreciated J B Tubid for organizing mega medical camps. He assured the TAC member of all possible help in future for his noble efforts.
Around 200 patients underwent operation and 3,000 people have registered their names for operation. A team of medical doctors from MGM Medical College Hospital in Jamshedpur and Chaibasa Sadar Hospital conducted the operations. The health minister personally visited the patients in the hospital.
Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by health minister by lighting the traditional lamp. TAC member J B Tubid welcomed him with a shawl and expressed that he wouldn’t like to speak much, but allow his work speak. Sukhram Oraon expressed his willingness to donate 50 acres of land for the proposed medical college and hospital.
Those present at the event included BJP district president Govind Pathak, former MLA Badkunwar Gagrai, industrialist Mukund Lal Rungta, Geeta Balmuchu, West Singhbum Chamber of Commerce chairman Lalit Sharma, SDO, Sadar Chaibasa, and Rakesh Kumar Dubey.