Banna: Rims to soon have centre for surgical items at subsidized rates

Ranchi: If all goes well, state health department will soon set up a special counter at government run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to provide surgical items at subsidized price. Health minister Banna Gupta announced about their plan stating that it was still at the stage of conceptualization but they are working out modalities in this regard.

Gupta announced it on the sidelines of the launch of PM Jan Aushadhi Kenra, a generic medicine shop at Rims. He was accompanied by Ranchi MP Sanjay Seth during the formal ceremony. “After setting up PM Jan Aushadi kendra at Rims, we are also working out ways to set up a centre for providing surgical items available to poor at cheaper rates,” he said, adding that a national survey recently has highlighted how people are today forced to spend 30 percent of their annual earnings for medical expenditure.

“In a state like Jharkhand where poverty is widespread, government is constantly working on ways to make healthcare affordable and upgrade government hospitals,” he said.

About the generic medicine store, he said currently it will offer about 185 medicines but they plan to increase it to 700 in coming days.  “In order to ensure that this medicine centre is run efficiently and transparently, there will be proper checks and balance from Rims management, drug control department as well as Bureau of Pharmacy, a public sector undertaking,” he said.