Dahej will have its own new modernized hospital with all updated features sponsored by Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) and state government together. This 50-bed hospital will be operational from November 2013. It will be built and operated by Dahej Health& Welfare Society, which is a joint formation of RIL and the State government. BB Swain who serves as the Chairman and Managing Director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) will be spearheading all the activities in this society.
This new hospital at Dahej will bring up to the code, health and medical development in the city, which has been lackluster for a while. Irrespective of the tremendous industrial development that Dahej has been witnessing, there was only a primary health centre during emergencies. Besides, one had to travel 45 Km to Bharuch, with it being the nearest place with first- rate hospitals, to be treated. Below Poverty line (BPL) families will be availed of free treatment from this hospital at Dahej. Besides, patients who are registered at the primary health care centre can benefit from treatment, as it will be made available to them at nominal prices, being subsidized by upto 70%.
This Reliance Dahej 50-bed hospital will procure all necessary upgraded features and will have five doctors including a surgeon, orthopedic, physician, gynecologist and a general practitioner. There will be special care taken to pander to burn cases. This hospital at Dahej will also cater to places that are nearby. It may also work to organize mobile services and camps that may benefit a major section of the population and create awareness in the society.
Sushil Kumar, President of Dahej Industries Association has stated that RIL had offered Rs10 crore to Dahej Health and Welfare Society for the maintenance cost of this project. The 9000 square metre land for the hospital is granted by GIDC.
Reliance Industries Limited has participated and sponsored varied philanthropic activities that have benefited scores of people in the country. Reliance Foundation was specially incorporated to support various non – profit organizations that work towards create betterment of the society. One of the most noteworthy ones was the initiation of ‘Project Bij’ for supporting small farming communities by providing technical assistance and enabling them to market it appropriately. BIJ stands for Bhara India Jodo and aims to encourage and assist farmers and enable them to overcome their problems, with the country being prone to a huge number of farmer suicides.