JD-U Leader Says Bihar on Track to Become a Healthcare Mecca

JD-U spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Prasad.

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Patna: Janata Dal-U leader and party spokesperson Rajiv Ranjan Prasad on Sunday claimed Bihar was all set to become a state known for its excellent health services where not only people will have to go out of state to obtain quality health care but people from other states would also be coming to Bihar for top of the line healthcare and facilities.

Regurgitating the oft-repeated lines of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who, since coming into power in 2005, had pledged for best hospitals and healthcare facilities in the state only to fail in his endeavor despite laying the foundation stones of dozens of 'specialty' and 'super-specialty' hospitals across the state, Prasad said that Bihar was on track to become a healthcare mecca by remaining solidly on the health roadmap prepared by the Nitish administration.

Relying heavily on Nitish talking points, Prasad talked about how only a handful of patients used to come to Prime Health Centers in Bihar and how that number skyrocketed to several thousands since the arrival of Nitish Kumar on the scene.

Bihar's premier hospital Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in shamble.

Critics were quick to pounce on Prasad for misleading the people of Bihar ahead of the next year's state elections.

"Health care in Bihar has gone from bad to worse under Nitish raj. Hospitals are in shamble and frequent strikes have caused death of many patients in the state. Recent dengue epidemic has also resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives. There is not a single sign indicating Bihar's healthcare system is improving and as a matter of fact, it has gone from bad to worse under this administration," said Pappu Yadav, former MP from Madhepura and leader of the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP).

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