In a bid to reduce the burden on Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to some extent besides, converting Ranchi Sadar Hospital into a center of excellence with all essential healthcare services, Health Minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi alongwith Health Secretary Nidhi Khare inaugurated four essential services at Sadar Hospital here on Wednesday. Facilities ranging from thalassemia, sickle cell, anemia day-care center, digital X-ray, blood bank to Kangaroo Mother Center are now available under one roof. The new facilities were inaugurated in the presence of hospital staffs for providing better services to the patients. The Minister, during the inauguration, stated that providing facilities for Thalassemia, sickle cell, anemia day-care center in other districts is also on the cards. “All preliminary arrangements have been ensured to open the day-care center in Jamshedpur, Giridih, Dumka and Palamu in the next phase. Soon the day care center will be made functional in these districts while later other districts will also have the facility of thalassemia, sickle cell, anemia day-care center,” said Chandravanshi.
Notably, approximately five to 10 percent people in tribal-dominated areas suffer from thalassemia and other blood related problems. “In the fiscal year 2018-19, blood component suppression unit will be started at PMCH Dhanbad and MGM Medical College, Jamshedpur. Blood banks center will be opened this year in eight districts which do not have this facility,” said the Minister. Meanwhile, Khare termed this development as one major step towards making essential medical services available to the deprived people at an affordable cost. “Four major facilities were inaugurated here which will not merely prove boon for underprivileged but will immensely be helpful for those who all have to pay a hefty sum unnecessarily. As no processing charge is being taken after the implementation of new rules in getting blood (units) from blood banks, it must be ensured by the hospital administration that blood does not get wasted in any circumstance. One donor can benefit six people in different ways,” stated Khare. The State government had received ₹3.25 crore from the Government of India (GoI) for setting up blood banks across the State at the hospitals, owned and governed by the State government. Also, the Principal Secretary, Health, said that the proposal of increasing the total number of beds has been sanctioned. Ranchi Sadar Hospital earlier had the provision of 200 beds. Increasing the capacity of beds, 72 additional beds have been added. – Daily Pioneer