Patna: Repeating the pledge that he had been making for the past 14 years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at a function at the Adhiveshan Bhawan in Patna on Thursday, said that soon people of will not have to go out of state to seek quality medical treatment as he had instructed the health department to do everything to set up world-class healthcare facilities in Bihar.
Inaugurating health-related projects to the tune of Rs. 398 crore and laying foundation stones of many more projects in excess of Rs. 630 crore, Kumar said that the health department should not worry about the money as his government was prepared to spend as much as needed to buy modern medical equipment and build new hospitals.
Kumar, donning his 'medical consultant cap' for the occasion, directed the officials to first make a list of all the medical equipment that were needed to boost healthcare in Bihar and then just go out and purchase them.
"We can start with the main hospitals in Bihar including the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS), and hospitals in Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, and Gaya and then move on to smaller hospitals in the state. However, buying modern equipment is not going to be enough; we will also have to train the doctors to use these machines. We don't want to buy new tools only to keep them in the storage just because we don't have skilled users," he said.
Kumar then mentioned about issuing tender within a day or two for the 5400-bed expansion of the PMCH that would put the hospital on the world map.
Insisting healthcare in Bihar was much better now than it was when he came into power in 2005, the Chief Minister said that attendance at all hospitals in had had increased many folds and child mortality rate had gone down substantially thanks to many health schemes introduced by him.
Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and other cabinet members and senior bureaucrats were present on the occasion.