Patna: With a view to provide medical
facilities to the far flung areas of the state, Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar today launched mobile medical unit (MMU)
vans named "Arogya Rath" in five districts of the state.
"This facility will cater to the needs of those people
who reside in far flung areas of the state as they will not
have to go to the hospital, instead hospital will be at their
doorstep," Kumar said after flagging off five MMUs vans here.
Every district would be provided with one MMU van in the
next two months, Kumar said, adding that if the MMU scheme
turns out to be a success then the number of MMUs could be
increased in the districts.
Since the mobile vans would be global positioning system
(GPS) enable, its location could be tracked easily, he said.
The Chief Minister said that from July 15 patients would
get all the pathological and radiology tests done free of cost
right from primary health care centres to district hospitals.
Earlier, this facility was limited to below poverty line
(BPL) people. The government would announce the setting up of
a population control board in next two days in view of
burgeoning population growth, he said and added that
government will take the advise of P V Anthony, who played
pivotal role in stabilising the population of Tamil Nadu, to
control the population.
Giving the details of the MMUs vans, Bihar`s Health
Minister Nand Kishore Yadav said that on the occasion of
+Shravani festival+ this facility was being introduced in
five districts of Bhagalapur, Banka, Munger, Jamui and
Begusarai in first phase and it would extended in all the
districts within two months.
These mobile units have the facilities for pathological
tests, X-Ray, ECG, ultrasound besides having the facility for
conducting emergency operation, Yadav said.
Each of the MMU van would be accompanied by a doctor, a
nurse, an X-Ray technician, a lab attendant, a pharmacist, an
operation theatre assistant and a driver, he said and added
the mini mobile hospital would have 33 types of tools and 33
life saving drugs.
These mobile vans would be accompanied by another vehicle
for doctors and other personnel, Yadav said.
The Health Minister said that MMU would be run on public
private partnership mode. While the district health committee
would be responsible to decide the places where the service of
MMUs would be given, whereas the companies running the mobile
vans would be responsible for delivering all the services.
The Health Minister said the three companies-- which have
assigned the job of running the MMUs in entire state-- were
Spake Systems, New Delhi, Jagran Solutions Ltd, New Delhi and
Jain Studios Ltd, New Delhi which would provide their
services in 14 districts, 12 districts and 12 districts
The government would give Rs 4.68 lakh to the company per
month for all its services, he said and added that the
government has earmarked Rs 16.56 crore under National Rural
Health Mission for the purpose in the year 2009-10.