The idea to establish healthcare centre occured to me because there was a lack of healthcare facilities in our area and many deaths have occurred because of the same. Patients have to go to the other districts to avail basic healthcare facilities, says Sunil Purohit, Director, Sunmax Group, in conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).
Q What prompted you to build a school and donate the same to the State Government?
I always wanted to contribute to the society. With this feeling, we established a primary school with the help of the Government in Rajasthan’s Jalore district. The purpose was to provide education to those poor children who can’t afford costly education.
Q We have heard that you are building a hospital as well in your area. What is your vision towards making it?
We have planned to establish a subhealth centre in the district and the Government has already given nod for the same. I came up with the idea to establish this centre because there is shortage of healthcare facilities in our area and many deaths have occurred because of it. Patients have to go to the other districts of Rajasthan to access basic healthcare facilities. Pregnant women also face a huge problem. Keeping these facts in mind, I decided to open a healthcare facility which will be equipped with all the advanced specialities to provide best healthcare facilities to the local people.
Q There are a lot of people who wish to contribute to society, but they always complain of not getting support from the Government. Did you face the same or you got full support from the Government’s side?
Yes, at times you face some problems on this front, but if your mission is to help the people, then nothing can stop you and everything falls in place. I got full support from the State to establish the school and also planning to upgrade it further. Apart from contributing to the society, one also has to motivate others to do good to the society.
Q Since you are not living in Rajasthan, how do you ensure things going smoothly in your school?
I pay many visits to the school and monitor things personally. Today, we have 300 students from 30 students and the school has upgraded from 8th to 10th standard with the support from the State Government. Girl child needs more attention, as parents from rural areas are still reluctant to send their daughters to the school. This is the second reason for me to open a school in my area. Today, there are about 40 girl students studying in our school.
Q How do you view the State of healthcare in Rajasthan?
People from other States still perceive Rajasthan as a State with poor healthcare delivery system. Since last decade, things have been improved with many schemes and healthcare programmes, launched by the State Government. Still, a lot needs to be done in rural areas. The State must encourage health workers to ensure healthcare delivery to the last-mile.
It is not only the Governments’ efforts but individuals’ deeds also matter the most. People also need to change and do the needful to make other people aware about the State’s healthcare schemes.