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BMC to assess needs of Its suburban hospitals

A day after a woman delivered in an autorickshaw, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it plans to strengthen hospitals’ facilities in the suburbs.

mumbai Updated: Mar 20, 2010 01:48 IST
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A day after a woman delivered in an autorickshaw, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said it plans to strengthen hospitals’ facilities in the suburbs.

The BMC has begun a “need assessment drive” under the chief medical superintendent through which they will gauge the need of a particular facility in a hospital and resources will be diverted there on a priority basis.

“For instance, if a peripheral hospital requires a gynaecologist as a lot of deliveries are conducted there, we will post the next gynaecologist we recruit there,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Manisha Mhaiskar. She added that a manpower planning exercise has been undertaken.

Apart from hiring doctors, the BMC has recruited 300 nurses and paramedical staff for civic hospitals.

With budget constraints many health projects, such as renovation and upgrade of hospital buildings, have been put on hold. The civic health budget for the year 2010-11 is Rs 418 crore.

“With limited funds we will only undertake the redevelopment of RN Cooper hospital at Vile Parle, Kandivli Shatabdi and the trauma centre in Jogeshwari,” added Mhaiskar.

To improve the patient-doctor relationship, the BMC will undertake workshops with the staff and doctors.

The BMC is also looking at opening new maternity homes in Malad and Magathane. It is carrying out a survey and will take into consideration the distance between maternity homes and the corresponding slum population.