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Now, healthcare more affordable to the poor in Jharkhand

ranchi Updated: Feb 22, 2014 14:47 IST

Ranchi: Aiming to provide people in the low-income group and below the poverty line better access to healthcare, the state government has increased the critical ailment insurance cover from Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh in the budget presented on Friday.

Altogether, the government allocated Rs 1,799 crore for the health sector for the coming fiscal.

“Few states in the country have such high health insurance cover for the poor; Jharkhand is one of them now,” said finance minister Rajendra Prasad Singh, who also holds the portfolio of the health minister.

To reduce deaths due to unavailability of blood, the government announced setting up of a blood bank and burn unit in each district hospital. The Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jamshedpur, and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital will each get a cardiac centre.

Incentives for expectant mothers opting for institutional delivery will be doubled from Rs 1,400 to Rs 2,800. Sahiyas who aid the deliveries will now get Rs 100 incentive from the state government apart from the Rs 350 given by the Centre-funded National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

Jharkhand will get four new medical colleges with 100 beds each by the end of 2015.

“The number of MMBS seats will has been increased from 200 to 350 and by 2015, we plan to have 550 seats in the state,” Singh said.
In the next fiscal, the state plans to start the long-pending 108 emergency ambulance service to assist accident victims and to become part of the national highway medical network, Singh said. People can now get information on health and national health programmes by dialing 104, the all day health information helpline. The government assured that the 500-bed Ranchi Sadar Hospital and diagnostic centres at every district hospital would be started on public-private partnership mode soon.