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Sunday , April 27 , 2014
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Private heal hubs flock to Ranchi

Ranchi, April 26: As state healthcare struggles to abandon its sickbed, private players are grabbing the vast untapped hospital market in Ranchi and elsewhere.

Come May, wellness giant Medica Superspecialty will launch a 200-bed heal hub near Booty More in Bariatu. It has purchased Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, which has been renovated and the new building will be inaugurated tomorrow. The revamped unit will be called Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital.

In February, the Calcutta-based integrated healthcare provider had debuted in Jamshedpur by launching a refurbished Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital near Adityapur bridge.

Medica isn’t alone in the fray.

Chennai-headquartered Apollo Hospitals is in the process of setting up shop on 2.80 acres in the Ghagra area of Doranda, Ranchi. A team from the global healthcare giant is expected to begin groundwork next month.

In the past two-three years, the state capital has seen many more private medicare units such as Orchid and Sentivita on HB Road and Dev Kamal Hospital on Ratu Road, besides mushrooming of specialised skin and dental clinics.

But, amidst this flourishing curative industry, the 500-bed Ranchi Sadar Hospital, which was refurbished two years ago for Rs 131 crore, is yet to start operations for want of a suitable partner.

The Doranda project is a joint initiative of Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) and the healthcare major from down south. Foundation stone of the hospital was laid in February.

RMC press relations officer Naresh Kumar Sinha maintained that as a part of the tie-up, the private player would pump in funds, while the civic body will offer land for infrastructure.

Civic officials, however, conceded that the project was facing simmering local opposition, but added it was born of confusion. Councillor of ward No. 50 Laxman Kashyap admitted that residents had staked claimed over land allotted for the project. “We are holding talks to ensure the project doesn’t suffer. A hospital will do everyone good. Residents too know and understand this much,” he said.

On the upcoming heal hub in Bariatu, a Medica official said it was part of the group’s expansion in eastern India. “Places such as Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad need cost-effective healthcare. There is a gap in treatment demand and supply, which we are trying to bridge,” he added.

Medica’s local team launched a unique publicity drive from Tuesday and it will continue till tomorrow. Titled Walk Through, its health care exhibition is offering people a window into a better world of medical facilities.

“This is the first-of-its-kind event for people here. The exhibition shows what operating theatres are like, how they function, how surgeries are performed, how deliveries happen, et al. One can walk through anything and everything related to healthcare. We have invited schools to the event,” said Anand Srivastava, the press relations officer of Medica.

On Wednesday, over 100 students from Taurian World School, DPS, DAV-Gandhinagar, visited the exhibition at the Mahavir hospital in Bariatu.