| Former chief minister Nitish Kumar inaugurates the new wing on Wednesday. Picture by Nagendra Kumar Singh |
A string of facilities was inaugurated at Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital on Wednesday after the state government accorded super-speciality tag for orthopaedic disorders to the health hub.
Former chief minister Nitish Kumar inaugurated the joint replacement surgery facility at the health hub. He also inaugurated a waiting area for patients of outpatient department. Signages have also been put up in different locations of the hospital to help patients.
Nitish said: “The state government has promised to provide all the modern facilities to the hospital. Bihar doctors practising outside the state will be called over to provide their services to the hospital apart from the specialists working at the health hub. Renowned physicians from outside the state would also train doctors of the hospital in specialised treatments related to orthopaedic disorders.”
The patients only have to purchase the joint replacement kit and the surgery will be done at free at the hospital. “At present, poor people of the state get Rs 20,000 for getting their joint replacement surgery done under the Mukhyamantri Chikitsa Sahayta Kosh. The state government has decided to increase the financial help from Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000,” Nitish said.
Nitish suggested Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health, to make a multi-storeyed building on the campus of Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital where all the treatment related to orthopaedic disorders can be made available under one roof.
The state government has decided to change the Patna Medical College and Hospital, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital and Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences into super-speciality hospitals.
“At present, there is too much load of patients on the three hospitals. Therefore, it is important to improve the infrastructure of other government hospitals,” Nitish added.
The online pathological report facility was also inaugurated on this occasion. Health minister Ramdhani Singh said: “The patients can now get online pathological report from the hospital. They would have to log in to the website — www.health.bih.nic.in — and provide their ID numbers that would be given to them during the tests at the hospital.”