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It has been the endeavor of Jharkhand Government to reach out to the last person in the village, as far as health care is concerned. The main objective of eleventh 5-year plan (2007-2012) was to achieve the objectives of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The sole thrust was to strengthen the Primary Health Care Units and see that the benefits of all the government schemes reach out to those living in remote areas. For this, health care needs to be highly accessible and affordable.
Referral hospitals have been renovated and upgraded. Financial assistance is provided to BPL patients for treatment of cancer, heart ailments and kidney transplant. There are proposal for the establishment of trauma centers and mobile health clinics in the state, especially on national highways. Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) at CHCs aid poor people living in villages and who are unable to come the medical center. The integrated health care system propagated by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the Health Society of Jharkhand in collaboration with ILO, proposes for health insurance that covers the entire population living Below Poverty Line (BPL).
In Dhanbad, Patliputra Medical College with a 500-bed attached hospital serves the medical care needs of the entire population. It has been upgraded to a certain extent in order to conform to MCI norms and standards. There has been improvement in the number of beds, teaching and medical equipment.
There are good hospitals and nursing homes in Dhanbad which provide ambulance
to shift sick patients to the hospital. Dwarkadas Jalan Memorial
Hospital, Patliputra Medical College and Hospital, Asarfi Hospital Pvt.
Ltd., Om Sai Hospital, Pragati Medical and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd.,
Central Hospital, R.C.Hazra Memorial Hospital, Life Line Hospital,
Namdhari Hospital and Research Center etc. are some famous hospitals in
Dhanbad. They also provide ambulance services to refer patients to
specialized centers for treatment. Blood Banks save a patient's
life by providing timely help with required units of blood. The
hospitals mentioned above, provide this special facility. They serve as
collection centers also.
The Jharkhand Government developed the ''Sarva Swasthya Mission'' to bestow health care to the marginalized population. Agreements with industrial groups still comes under their Corporate Social Responsibility principle for co-contribution to the health insurance scheme.