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Choosing Apollo over RIMS

- Police admit jawans injured in blasts to private hospital

Ranchi, April 21: The state may hail Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Ranchi, as one of its best hospitals, but when it comes to treating its security personnel, the choice is Apollo Hospital, a private healthcare centre.

There had been three cases this month that show that the police administration used RIMS as a post-mortem centre while sending the jawans, injured in Maoist blasts in Latehar, to Apollo for treatment.

From April 15 to 17, bodies of seven security personnel of both CRPF and BSF were sent for post-mortem examination at RIMS while all the 22 injured jawans were treated at the private hospital.

Similarly, the jawans, who were injured in a Maoist ambush at Jalko forests of Khunti district under Arki police station on April 11, were admitted to Apollo.

Though the purpose was to ensure first-class care, the fact remains that the government had to spend lakhs for the treatment that would have been free at RIMS. Moreover, the move does not augur well for the image of RIMS, raising doubts over the state-run hospital's capability to treat critical cases.

However, deputy secretary of home department Sadanand Sahay said: "It is not the decision of the home department. It had not directed the police to send the injured to the private hospital."

When asked about the treatment expenses of the jawans, public relation officer of Apollo Hospital Javed Akhtar said: "So far, we have spent Rs 5.5 lakh out of which, we have received Rs 2 lakh from the Latehar police superintendent.

Akhtar said that not only police administration, other government departments also prefer the service of Apollo. "We have treated several IAS officers, MLAs and other government servants. The state is yet to pay us outstanding medical bills of approximately Rs 25 lakh," he added.

RIMS director N.N. Aggarwal refused to comment on the matter. But he claimed that RIMS was well equipped to treat the injured jawans. "We have tackled several cases of bullet injuries and are improving our services. We have a trauma centre and several other facilities," he said.Source:telegraphindia.com

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