Even as facilities in hospitals run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) worsen, the procurement process of 28 life-saving medical equipment has continued to remain pending with the civic administration for several years now.
However, Rais Shaikh, corporator and member of the standing committee, who raised the issue said there are around 50 files that are still pending. “The administration has provided data of files pending only in KEM hospital. There are civic hospitals that lack basic medical equipment and drugs.”
The administration has said that 28 files are pending out of which 22 files are in KEM and 6 with the medical superintendent.
“Two days ago, two pre mature new born children passed away in KEM and Sion hospital due to the absence of ventilators.
Basic equipment like general and neo natal ventilators, x-ray films and surgical dressing material are also unavailable in civic hospitals after the expiration of their contracts a few years ago,” he said in the committee meeting.
A special meeting has been organised to discuss about the issue on Wednesday.
The proposal to procure hispeed drill machine used by the neurology department was tendered three years ago but was only brought up in the standing committee on Friday.
The corporators, however, did not clear the proposal as there are upgraded technologies available in the market today.
"We would rather wait for few more months and buy the latest technologies rather than spending on outdated machines," said Yashodhar Phanse, leader of the house, BMC.
Meanwhile, corporators also demanded that the health department be brought directly under the municipal commissioner.