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A delegation, led by chief minister Arjun Munda and state health minister Hemlal Murmu, met Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in Delhi on Tuesday and requested him to include the state in the Centre's list for setting up regional All India Institute of Medical Sciences ( AIIMS).

Munda explained to Azad the condition of health service in the state and the need of central assistance.

"We informed the Union minister about the situation here, the inaccessible terrains and Maoist problems and why we need to improve the situation," said Munda after a half-an-hour meeting with the Union minister.

Sources present at the meeting said the state also requested Azad to continue with the 85% central assistance to the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and other projects. The Centre has decided to provide only 75% assistance from the current fiscal for NRHM.

"We requested that the Centre should provide us 85% assistance as before or we will not be able to handle the huge expenditure," said the source.

The delegation also demanded assistance to upgrade the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), the biggest medical college and hospital in the state. Most of the departments in the hospital are managing day-to-day affairs with old equipment.

Officials said the Union minister was very positive and assured that he would visit Jharkhand with senior officers and discuss the problems faced by the state.

"The Union minister will be visiting Jharkhand in a couple of months' time and after a ground level assessment, he will provide assistance to help improve the health care system," the official said.  source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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