The state has selected several organisations, including the Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), and hospitals to take healthcare to the doorsteps of villagers.
Under the "Health on Wheels" scheme run by the National Rural Health Mission, the organisations would provide medical services in remote areas. They would be given mobile medical units — buses fitted with modern medical equipment — which would go around the villages with a team of doctors.
The TSRDS apart, reputable corporate hospitals have been roped in by the state for the purpose. The hospitals include Abdur Razak Weavers Memorial Hospital (Apollo Group), Gurunanak Hospital and Rinchi Hospital (Ranchi) among others.
Some NGOs, which have experience in providing medical services in villagers, have also been picked for it.
"We have selected 19 organisations. They are being given mobile medical unit buses," said health secretary Pradeep Kumar.
Kumar said the health department had already started distribution of the medical vans among partner organisations. "We have plans to complete distributing the medical vans among the NGOs within a week. They have been asked to begin rural health services soon," Kumar added.
Citizen Foundation, an NGO that was given five mobile medical unit vans for use in Godda, Pakur, Dumka, Jamtara and Simdega, took charge of the vans from the health department today.
The state, with collaboration of Vikas Bharati, Bishnupur, had already been running one mobile medical unit in the rural areas of each of the 24 districts in Jharkhand for the past one year. Inspired by the success of the experiment, the state had decided to add 40 more mobile medical units to the existing fleet of 24.
The health secretary said that the agencies that were being given mobile medical units would have to work in collaboration with the deputy commissioners and civil surgeons of the districts concerned. "The civil surgeon would prepare a route chart for each day for the bus," Kumar added.
© The Telegraph / July 12, 2009