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Hope rises for healthy ties

Patna, May 4: Mumbai-based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Medical Research Institute is keen to share their expertise with doctors here.

Five senior doctors, including the hospital’s executive director Ram Narain, were here for the first time today to take stock of health affairs in the state.

The hospital, set up in 2009 with 712 beds, claims it has several advanced facilities, including organ transplant. “We are interested to expand across the country and Patna is a possibility. One can call it an expression of interest and there have been some talks with Patna-based Jai Prabha Hospital. We can go for a partnership with the hospital towards setting up of a facility here. A proper evaluation though will be done first and we are here to interact with the doctors here and look for the things needed here. We want to gain trust first and then can set our foot here. Actor and BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha has received successful treatment at our hospital and he, too, is willing to help us in our venture here,” Narain said.

“We are interested towards opening a centre here and are looking forward towards collaborations. It can be a joint venture. We will meet doctors here and will have extensive talks with them and move forward,” Narain added.

Healthcare facilities, especially setting up of premier hospitals, have taken a backseat in the state in the last few years. Besides the nine-year-old project of AIIMS, which is yet to see light of the day, several proposals to set up private hospitals have not turned into reality.

“In May last year, during the first meeting of the Bihar State Industrial Investment and Advisory Council, Max India chairman Analjit Singh had announced setting up of a 300-bed super-speciality hospital in Patna at a cost of Rs 350 crore, excluding land price. However, nothing progressed much in this matter. It is good news that the Mumbai hospital has expressed its interest to come to Patna. However, the government should come forward so that it does not remain as another announcement,” an industrialist said on condition of anonymity.

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