Patna: Despite several incomplete projects that never took off from the ground beyond their much-hyped media event, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday laid yet another foundation stone of a proposed 106-bed ‘super-specialty’ eye hospital in Rajendra Nagar and a new trauma center at the Jaya Prakash Narayan Hospital in Rajvanshi Nagar in Patna.
“Shortly after I became the Chief Minister of Bihar, I was interested in developing the Rajendra Nagar Hospital as a world-class eye hospital and I am glad that work on it is now commencing,” he said.
Touting improved healthcare in Bihar under his leadership, Kumar said that in 2006 only 39 patients on an average used to visit primary health centers each month but with sustained effort by his government, today that number has grown to a whopping 10,500 per month.
Interestingly, the Chief Minister has engaged himself in this feat at least a dozen time since becoming the Chief Minister of Bihar in 2005 and each time, the project has been described as ‘super-specialty’, though, besides some minor changes in existing hospitals, most projects have been gathering dusts in the government files and most patients from Bihar still have to go to Delhi, Bangalore, or Mumbai to seek quality healthcare from simple cataract operation to more complex kidney or heart transplant.
Health Minister Mangal Pandey, BJP legislator Arun Kumar Singh and other top government officials were present on the occasion.