Holy Family Hospital at Mandar was started in the year 1947 by the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS). It caters to the poor and marginalized sections of the society since its inception. At present it has 150 beds along with 20 GNM (General Nursing and Midwifery) seats. The MMS are willing to hand over the hospital and nursing school to the CBCI for the establishment of the Medical College. The Ranchi Archdiocese also has donated another 8 acres of adjacent land to the CBCI for the same purpose.

The newest State of the Indian Union, created on 15th November 2000, was divided from Bihar

JHARKHAND 
Rich in mineral resources, the State contributes to nearly 40 per cent of total mineral production in India, with 48 per cent of the country coal, 48 per cent of bauxite, 45 per cent of mica, 90 per cent of apatite, and 100 per cent of kyanite.

  • 26.30 per cent of the population is tribal, which includes 9 primitive tribes whose literacy rate is less than 10%, and among women it is as dismally poor as 2% to 3%.
  • The process of industrialization and urbanization in Jharkhand resulted in the displacement of 2.5 million, 40% of them tribal.
  • Severe food insufficiency in 12.5% households in the State while the national average is 2.3 per cent. 43.96 % of people are below the poverty line
  • Nearly 80% child birth take place at home
  • Maternal mortality is high at 371 per 100,000 live births (SRS, 2007). 45% women have reproductive health problems and 30% women complain of reproductive tract infections. 70% of women in Jharkhand are anaemic. Among all pregnant women, antenatal care was received by only 38%
  • The infant mortality rate is as high as 69 per 1000 live births (NFHS-3, 2005-06). 60 per cent of infant deaths are neo-natal. Only 52 per cent children are fully immunized(as per CES,). 78% of children are anaemic (NFHS-3,2005-06) and 59% of children below three Years of age are underweight.
  • Communicable diseases: over 60,000 deaths occur every year due to tuberculosis in Jharkhand. Prevalence of leprosy is 10 per 10,000. HIV and AIDS poses another rising threat.
  • The state has only 3958 health sub-centers whereas The requirement is of 6043 such centers. Interestingly, Out of 3958 sub-centers, only 1736 have their own Building (RHS Bulletin, 2012).
  • There is an acute shortage of healthcare personnel in the state. The existing 194 community health centers have only 22 Physicians, 61 Gynaecologists and 19 pediatricians.
HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL OF JHARKHAND AS ON MARCH 2006
Particulars Required In Position Shortfall Shortfall (%)
Obstetricians & Gyny.s at CHCss 194 66 133 68 (%)
Physicians at CHCs 194 22 172 89 (%)
Paediatricians at CHCs 194 19 175 90 (%)
Total Specialists 776 139 637 82 (%)
Radiographers 194 24 170 88 (%)
Pharmacists 524 310 214 41 (%)
Laboratory Technicians 524 239 285 54 (%)
Nurses/Midwives 1688 451 1237 73 (%)
Health Assets (M) PHCs 64 (%)
PHCs 59 (%)
Sub-centres 22 (%)
Health Assets (F) PHCs 16 (%)

Source: Bulletin of Rural Health Statistics in India 2006. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India

 

COLLECTIVE DECISION

A Catholic Medical College in Jharkhand: A Collective Decision for a Common Venture


Realising the need of the people in the newly formed State of Jharkhand, where the healthcare facilities and well trained medical personnel are extremely meagre, the General Body of CBCI in Feb 2008, took landmark decision to set up a new Medical College and Hospital in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

This will be run by the CBCI Society for Medical Education that administers St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences in Bangalore, Karnataka, South India, started in 1963. St. John’s is ranked as the fifth best Medical College among all the Medical Colleges in India and the second best private medical college in India (Outlook Survey, April 2008).

On July 26, 2008, the Bihar, Jharkhand & Andamans Regional Council of Bishops met in Ranchi and constituted a Committee for the project of setting up of a Medical College in Ranchi.

Already 300 acres of prime land along the Ranchi- Jamshedpur Highway, around 20 kms from Ranchi @ Rs 5,00,000/- (US $ 11000) per acre, has been identified and found suitable for this purpose.

In the first phase of the project, infrastructure for a 500-bed hospital and the Medical College, Nursing College, Hostel Facilities and other ancillary units, are to be constructed.

 

 

EDUCATION: MID-DAY meal at school – School building. – Teaching-learning methods. – Vidhalaya at Bakaro, Jharkhand, children after locking the school gate.

 

 

 

HEALTH: One of the Hospital – Stagnant water on road at village “Kushikarma” – Situated at Satbarwa block of Palamu district – Girl with severe skeletal fluorosis. Photo courtesy: Dr. Gopal Pathak 

 

 

 

CHALLENGE: Rally against displacement in Rachi on7th October, 2008 – The house of Santhal Adivasis in Santhal Pargana of Jharkhand. – They children carrying coal in bicycle at Giridhih of Jharkhand. – The children working in brick klins at Madhupur in Deoghar district. 

Realising the need of the people in the newly formed State of Jharkhand, where the healthcare facilities and well trained medical personnel are extremely meagre, the General Body of CBCI in Feb 2008, took landmark decision to set up a new Medical College and Hospital in Ranchi, Jharkhand.