New Delhi: Despite tall claims of the Bihar government on developments in the state, the health sector still remains neglected. Bihar is trailing behind other states as far as providing health care facility is concerned.

While there are very few counts of primary health centers in the state, the numbers of referral hospitals are 11.5 percent less than the required health centers. Not only this, the much ambitious Janani Shishu Suraksha programme is yet to see the light of the day even after seven months of its launch.   

In the last few years, Bihar has seen many radical changes in the health sector. The survey conducted during the review of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) revealed that only 8lakh patients were admitted to the hospitals in 2008. However, the number increased to 24 lakh in 2011.

The review also found that the number of hospitals and health centers in the state were very less. While only 45 percent of the required primary health centers were available for providing services, only 53 percent of required sub-centers were functional.

At the same time, the condition of the referral hospital remains pitiable. Out off 604 required referral hospitals in the state, only 70 were functional. Besides, the construction of new hospitals and health centers is also at a very slow pace. Out of 2915 approved constructions, only 872 have been completed so far.

(JPN/ Bureau)