Patna diary: Bihar medical college hospitals to have eye bank


Bihar medical college hospitals to have eye bank

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Sunday that each of the nine medical college and hospitals in Bihar will have a full-fledged eye bank functioning from October. A fund of Rs 1.5 crore has already been sanctioned for setting up the eye banks. Speaking during a function held on International Organ Donation Day, Modi said a target of successful transplantation of corneas in the next one year will be achieved. He said 412 cornea transplants and 54 kidney transplants had been done successfully.

Career portal launched to help students

The Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), in association with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), has launched the state’s first career portal in a move to help students choose their careers. Launched by state education minister KN Verma, provides information on careers, scholarships, colleges, entrance exam preparation, and other subjects. The head of the Bihar chapter of Unicef, Assadur Rahman, said that more than 78 lakh youths would benefit from this portal. He said nearly 13.88 lakh students of Class 10 and 10.83 lakh students of Class 12 can also benefit from the portal in seeking details on careers. The career portal will help the students make appropriate career choices.

Anganwadi centres to be linked with HQ

Around 1.24 lakh Anganwadi centres run by the Integrated Child Development Services will be linked with the state headquarters through a digital app by November this year. Following this, officials would be able to monitor the functioning, attendance of pupils and other activities of the centres online. By August 31, all the volunteers at the centres would be equipped with smartphones to run the digital app. The Integrated Child Development Services department has made preparations to provide training on running the system in 21 districts of the state, including Patna.

RJD leaders scramble to get Kashmir apples for Lalu

Sources in RJD in Patna have revealed that party chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is in prison in connection with fodder scam cases, eats two Kashmiri apples a day to remain healthy. But the amendment of Article 370 has led to a shortage of the apples. With the apples hard to come by in the Ranchi and Patna markets, RJD leaders are scurrying to get them from across the country for their leader. A number of RJD leaders have asked their contacts in other cities, including in Jammu and Kashmir, to send Kashmiri apples for Lalu Yadav by any means.

“The BJP has again created inconvenience for our leader, albeit indirectly, by scrapping Article 370, as it has caused a shortage of apples from Kashmir which are eaten by our sahib”, an RJD leader remarked in lighter vein.

Open hospitals in State: CM to investors


Riding on the recent health indicators portraying growth and betterment in the health services in the State, Chief Minister Raghubar Das today appealed to investors to help improve health facilities in Jharkhand by means of opening hospitals, especially in rural areas. The CM said that the government will provide subsidy and all facilities to the investors for the purpose.

Addressing people during the inaugural ceremony of Healthcare Summit Jharkhand-2019 here on Thursday the CM said that if any investor builds a hospital in a rural area, the government will give them 75 per cent subsidy on land value for the purchase, 50 per cent in the block headquarters and 25 per cent in the urban area. The investment (single door) will be through a single channel, he said.

“Jharkhand was ranked third in the NITI Aayog’s State index for incremental growth. It is the result of continuous growth of State in the field of health since 2014. In the year 2000, the maternal mortality rate in Jharkhand was 400 per lakh, which decreased to 165 per lakh, infant mortality rate was 72 per thousand, which decreased to 29 per thousand, institutional deliveries which were only 13.50 per cent which increased to 80 per cent and complete vaccination was 9 per cent which increased to 87 per cent. Jharkhand ranks third in providing OPD service in hospitals across the country. These facts indicate that the State is on the path of reform in the field of health,” said the CM.

Das said that till September 25, 2 crore 85 lakh people of the State will be covered by Golden Card under Ayushman Bharat Yojna. As many as 57 lakh families of Jharkhand will have benefit of this scheme. Golden cards have been made available to 39,13,000 families. A total of 2,26,000 beneficiaries have been taken advantage of the scheme. An amount of Rs 206 crores has been spent for this. To provide maximum benefit of the scheme to the poor, a 300-bed hospital has been arranged in Jamshedpur, where only patients coming under the Ayushman Bharat scheme will be treated. The State has 429 private and 219 government hospitals listed under the scheme. The government will also waive the fee being taken for the golden card in the Pragya Kendras from August 16, 2019, for the poor,” added he.

The CM said on death anniversary of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Atal Clinic will be opened in every ward.

Das said that the people of the state are getting 108 ambulance facilities. About 5,000 calls are being received every day. The treatment of 8,000 patients is being ensured by 108 ambulances. This service is more effective in tribal areas. Through CSR also, the government is providing the facility of bike ambulance to the poor in remote areas.

Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi said that the government is working towards providing better health facilities. “We are committed to ensure that people get health care up to their doorstep. On September 25, 57 lakh families will be given a Golden Card. The government has added 32 lakh additional families in Ayushman Bharat Yojna. In the last 10 months, 2 crore 19 lakh patients have been treated under the scheme. The present government has established a medical college to provide healthcare,” he said.

Doctors on strike in Jharkhand, OPDs across the state to remain shut on Monday


The out-patient department (OPD) services at government hospitals across Jharkhand are off on Monday after doctors decided to skip duty following Indian Medical Association (IMA) call to boycott health service in protest against the assault on doctors in West Bengal.

IMA-Jamshedpur general secretary Dr Mrittunjay Singh on Saturday appealed to the doctors of government and private hospitals to boycott work from Monday 6am to Tuesday 6am in solidarity with the assault on junior doctors at Neel Ratan Sarakar Medical College Hospital (NRS) in Kolkata on June 10 after the death of an 85-year-old patient during treatment there.

However, emergency services in all the hospitals and nursing homes will be operation. “Emergency service will be operational but OPDs will be closed as our members will be on strike following call by national chapter of IMA across the country. We have also appealed to the doctors in all private hospitals and nursing homes like Tata Main Hospital (TMH) to support the cause of doctors demanding security and healthy working atmosphere in hospitals,” Singh told media.

IMA-Jamshedpur president, Dr Umesh Khan, said all the doctors would congregate at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College Hospital (MGMMCH) at 10 am tomorrow and march to the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office.

Dr Amal Patro, a member of IMA, said doctors were all set for a decisive fight this time. “If government doesn’t provide us security, we will close down OPDs. We won’t tolerate attacks on us anymore,” said Dr Patro.

Meanwhile, city-based Dr SP Foundation, a doctors body in Jamshedpur, also condemned the attack on doctors in West Bengal and demanded strong action against the culprits. The foundation director, Dr TK Chatterjee, said murderous attacks on doctors were an alarm bell for the society. “We ask union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to ensure adequate security for doctors on duty and healthy workplace atmosphere,” demanded Dr Chatterjee.

Jamshedpur has several leading hospitals like Tata Motors Hospital, Tinplate Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Bramhanada Hrudalayala Hospital, Medica Hospital and a host of private hospitals and nursing homes.