Come October, healthcare services in north Bihar would get a boost in the form of a private multi-specialty hospital.
Paras Group, a chain of multi- and super-speciality hospitals with branches in Gurgaon and Delhi, would start the facility at Darbhanga, 150km northeast from Patna. The 100-bed multi-speciality hospital would be the group’s second health hub in the state. The first started functioning two years ago at Raja Bazaar in Patna.
The Paras Group’s second initiative in the state proves the big private players in the health sector are eyeing the hitherto untapped market. Recently, Medanta – another big private player in the healthcare business – bagged the contract of making the super-specialty hospital on the seven-acre land of Jai Prabha Hospital.
Sources claimed that the second branch of the Paras Group would be a big boon for the people of the state, who at present are forced to go to other cities for availing specialized because of lack of treatment facilities here.
The zonal director of Paras HMRI Hospital in Patna, Ravishankar Singh, said the multi-speciality hospital in Darbhanga would have several specialised departments, including cardiology, nephrology, neurology, neuro-surgery, oncology and laparoscopic surgery.
“The G+5 structure of the hospital is almost complete. Doctors working in reputable health hubs of Delhi, Calcutta and other cities are being hired for the hospital. We are primarily eyeing doctors from Bihar working outside,” said Singh.
The director refused to share the investment details but was optimistic about the patient inflow to its new facility.
“There is a huge outflow of patients in the northern region of the state. The state-run Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital is in a pathetic condition. Having no other option, people from Katihar and Purnea prefer to go to the hospitals in Siliguri in Bengal for treatment. We are hopeful that these patients would come to us once we start our operations.”
Experts are hopeful about the development in the healthcare sector with the arrival of big players in the state.
“This (the setting up of the new hospital in Darbhanga) is definitely a positive move. It would offer specialised treatment to people at their doorstep, ending the trouble of travelling to far-off places for better treatment. The brand image of the state has definitely improved. Else, private players would not have invested in the healthcare sector in Bihar. It would be even better if they start medical college hospitals in the state. It would help us get more trained healthcare professionals,” said Sunil Kumar Singh, the vice-president of the state chapter of Indian Medical Association