The Jharkhand Government is determined to improve delivery of healthcare services across State especially in rural areas. We are taking measures to ensure quality care to every strata of society, Ramachandra Chandravanshi, Minister for Health, Medical Education & Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand, said while delivering speech at the Healthcare Summit Jharkhand held in Ranchi recently.
Organised by the Department of Health, Medical Education & Family Welfare, Government of Jharkhand along with Elets Technomedia, the healthcare summit witnessed confluence of key policymakers, international experts and industry leaders deliberating different aspects of healthcare including challenges and how technology could keep them at bay.
AYUSHMAN BHARAT AND STATE’S PLAN TO SCALE UP EXECUTION
Last year Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched Ayushman Bharat from the soil of Jharkhand. In a bid to scale up implementation of the game- changer scheme, we will be distributing golden cards to 57 lakh families of the State soon.
We were given a target to distribute golden cards to 25 lakh families by the Centre last year. A total of 32 lakh families have been added up to the scheme under the visionary leadership of Chief Minister Raghubar Das. A total of 2 crore 19 lakh patients availed treatment facilities at both private and government hospitals under the scheme till date. There are 429 private hospitals and 219 government hospitals which have been empanelled under the scheme.
The State Government has spent an amount of Rs 215 crore to facilitate care under the scheme. We are also working to set up health and wellness centres in rural areas. Best part is not only initiatives are being announced but the Government also ensures its execution.
MOHALLA CLINICS AND BIKE AMBULANCE TO BOLSTER CARE
The State Government is also working on plan to set up Mohalla clinics where doctors will sit for two hours, providing treatment facilities to patients. In addition, plans are afoot to start bike ambulance and 100 telemedicine centres soon.
To encourage private providers, we have decided to provide a series of concessions. Those 300-bed hospitals having 20 acre land would be provided a fund of Rs 30 crore, free road facility upto five kilometers and electricity.
We have started imparting training to 200 community health workers in naxal hit-Palamu district. With 20 days training, they are now being equipped in terms of knowledge to facilitate basic care in villages. Soon, we will be recruiting these workers for whole state to bolster primary care delivery system. In addition, the government is also working to open more medical colleges to train medical graduates.
I invite all state private agencies to join our mission to improve healthcare infrastructure in Jharkhand.