Ranchi: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that to ensure that people living in far-flung areas of the state and especially those who hail from the weaker sections of the society get modern health care facilities the government has started telemedicine facility which would be highly beneficial for the weaker sections of the society. Addressing the people after inaugurating 100 telemedicine centers across the state which have been set up with the help of Apollo Hospital Enterprise Ltd and launching the Anemia Mukt Bharat programme at Pithoria of this district he said that in this digital dispensary people would be availing the facilities free of cost. He said that the state government wants to make a Digital India and a Digital Jharkhand and whether it was the area of health,
education, agriculture and pension the government was using IT and through DBT the people were getting the benefits of the schemes
and said that it was a result of IT that middlemen are being removed from the state.
Mr Das said that at present 300 health and wellness centers are being run in the state and by 2022 their numbers would be further
increased and said that IT was being used to not only reduce the gap between the people and the governed but also between the
patients and the doctors. He said that after 67 years of Independence there were only 3 medical colleges in the state and the
present government in four years of its rule has set up three medical colleges which were inaugurated on a single day by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the government was spending an additional Rs 400 crore so that 57 lakh families are covered under Ayushman Bharat Yojana in the state.
Mr Das said that under 108 ambulance facility 299 ambulances are being operated in the state and another 30 will be added and in days to come the ambulances would be deployed on the national highways which would be tagged with police so that police can also know about the incident.
The Chief Minister said that due to lack of knowledge and illiteracy anemia was prevailing in the state and said that government alone can not alone create awareness among the people as all needed to extend their cooperation as to then only a healthy and clean Jharkhand can be formed. He said that to remove anemia in six districts poshan sakhis have been appointed and added that apart from anemia focus is also to remove the sickle cell.
Mr Das said that in the last four years the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rates have come down in the state and said
that the government has made a provision of providing the baby kit in 2019-20 budget which would be given from April 2019 onwards. He pointed that child marriage was also a problem in the state and to stop this the Sukanya Yojana has been started under which from
the time of the birth of the child to her marriage the state government would be giving Rs 70,000.
Out of these 100 telemedicine centers 14 have been opened in Palamu division, 11 in South Chottanagpur, 25 in North Chottanagpur, 18 in Kolhan and 33 in Santhal Pargana division. Those present on the occasion also included Ranchi MP Ramtahal Chowdhary, Kanke MLA Jeetu Charan Ram and others.