Government to start ‘mohalla clinics’ for residents of urban slums
Jamshedpur : Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday inaugurated country’s first hospital dedicated for Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana beneficiaries named Tata Main Hospital (TMH) Golmuri in the Tinplate township. The 30-bedded hospital is located behind the existing Tinplate Hospital. The Tata Steel managed hospital will provide 24×7 facilities for orthopedic, general surgery, pediatric and critical care treatment.
“It is a day of achievement with the city getting country’s first hospital dedicated for beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat scheme. As per our plans we want to cover 85 per cent population of the state under the ambitious health insurance scheme benefitting 57 lakh families. As of now, we have issued 25 lakh golden cards which enables one to avail benefit of the scheme. The government has now decided to issue golden cards free of cost to beneficiaries instead of the existing norm of charging Rs 30 from the beneficiaries,” said Das.
Significantly, beneficiaries now have to dole out Rs 30 at pragya kendras to make golden cards after submitting all documents.
“We have also decided to launch a special drive to make such golden cards for beneficiaries completely free from August 16 to mark the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and this drive will continue till September 23, 2019 across the state. So far 219 government hospitals and 429 private hospitals have been empanelled in the state under the scheme. In the state more than 2 lakh patients have benefitted from the scheme,” informed Das.
The Chief Minister also assured that talks are on with Tata Motors to empanel Tata Motors Hospital under this scheme.
“ We had several meetings with Tata Steel management and I am thankful that they have decided to dedicate a hospital entirely for the scheme. Talks are on with Tata Motors and soon Tata Motors Hospital in Telco township will also be empanelled under the scheme,” said Das.
Emphasizing on initiatives being taken in health sector, Chief Minister said, “We have rolled out 329 ambulance which can be accessed by dialing 108. We have also started bike ambulances for inaccessible areas in hilly terrain where ambulances cannot reach.”
The Chief Minister also announced of starting mohalla clinics for residents of urban slums. “We have decided to start mohalla clinics for residents of urban slums providing free primary health care. A special drive will be undertaken between August 16 and September 23 where doctors will be available for two hours each in morning and evening in all civic bodies. In Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (Jamshedpur), Mango Notified Area Committee (Mango) and Jugsalai municipality existing community halls will be used as mohalla clinics,” said Das.
The Chief Minister also hinted at early starting of the trauma center at Baharagora. “We also have to recruit doctors for trauma center at Baharagora which will facilitate starting of the trauma centers,’ said Das.