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ICU boost for Ranchi health hub

Healthcare facilities in state capital Ranchi received a major push on Friday with Circular Road-based KC Roy Memorial Hospital inaugurating a 10-bed intensive care unit.

The ICU is state-of-the-art and equipped with various devices like a sophisticated ECG machine, a multi-para monitor and a defibrillator, some of which have been donated to the health hub by Mecon as part of its corporate social responsibility programme.

“The hospital has been rendering quality and affordable healthcare services to the poor for a number of years. This will give them a boost in providing better services to patients,” said K.K. Mehrotra, chairman-cum-managing director of Mecon, who inaugurated the facility.

The hospital is run by the Ranchi Chikitsak Sangh, an organisation that was set up way back in 1940 by a group of well-known doctors of the town for rendering voluntary service in the field of health and social welfare.

“Our aim is to provide quality and affordable healthcare services to all the residents. We also provide free treatment to the poor or charge very nominal amounts from them,” said Bhaskar Gupta, founder member and the current joint secretary of Ranchi Chikitsak Sangh.

He added that the outdoor services of the hospital were available for a nominal registration fee with the medicines being provided free of cost to the poor, who are mostly tribals.

“The really poor patients are given 75 per cent, and in certain cases even hundred per cent, discount for indoor treatment and surgeries,” Gupta said.