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Jharkhand blueprint on health set to invite pvt investment

Written by: Staff

Ranchi, July 4 (UNI) Prioritising health on the agenda, the Jharkhand government has declared it as an industry with doors open for private investment.

The government along with the industrial units in the state worked out a blue print on 'health for all mission' and a trust comprising industrialists and Chief Minister Arjun Munda will execute the programme.

Mr Munda yesterday presided over the first state immunisation programme where details of the government's emphasis on health were discussed.

Mr Munda said the government would encourage private parties to open hospitals adding a move was on to allow private medical colleges in Jharkhand.

The government hoped that such institutes would start functioning by the end of this year.

The government has already requested the Centre to upgrade Dhanbad Medical College like the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi.

According to official sources, as per Centere's instruction, 30 bed community health centres were being established at all blocks of the state, which was expected to reach the target by 2011.

Referring to the state's success in the health sector, Mr Munda said after creation of Jharkhand the state achieved remarkably in terms of immunisation programme.

In 2000, immunisation per cent was recorded at eight against the present improved figure of 46 per cent, Mr Munda said adding child death rate also improved remarkably from 70 out of 1000 in 2000 to 49 out of 1000 in 2006 whereas the national average is 58.

Even in terms of vitamin provided to children, the state is ranked third whereas five years back it was placed at the bottom of the list.

Regarding to control programme, Jharkhand is being shown as a model for rest of the country as in 2000 only two programmes were being conducted whereas now such programmes were being held in all 22 districts.

In all major districts, modern health equipment like CT scan, MRI, and disgognistic intruments were being installed and efforts were on to make them available to the poor in the remote areas of the state.


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