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Heart care hub hope

Health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey has pledged a super-speciality cardiology hospital for the town.

“There is no cardiac treatment facility at JNMCH (Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital). So the government has decided to establish a 50-bed cardiology hospital in the town,” said the minister, who was in the district to attend a number of programmes on Monday evening.

He added that the health department had begun the process to establish the proposed facility.

Choubey said a vacant land belonging to the JNMCH in the Gola Ghat area has been identified for the new hospital. “It would be set up in a public-private partnership mode. The government would provide land and building to the organisation that would operate the facility,” he said, adding that several entrepreneurs in New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Bangalore have evinced interest in the project.

He said the government had initially decided to establish such a facility in Patna. “We, however, decided to shift the project to Bhagalpur because there is a severe land scarcity in the capital. The 4.2-acre land identified for the project was earlier occupied by a nurses’ hostel,” the minister said.

He added: “I inspected the land today (Monday) and was satisfied with it. Some people have encroached on the land. I have asked officials concerned to remove the encroachers.”

Choubey said several private players have shown an interest in establishing neurology and kidney hospitals in the district. “We are considering on how to provide land for these,” he added.The government has also planned to develop a policy to woo private investors to set up health hubs in the state by 2013.


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