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Budget increased by 7.45%, BMC to add 807 beds in civic hospitals

A total of 1,397 beds will be added to the existing 8,725 beds in the city’s civic hospitals, said municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar while presenting the 2012-13 budget for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday. Of these, 807 beds will be added in the coming fiscal.

mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2012 02:03 IST
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A total of 1,397 beds will be added to the existing 8,725 beds in the city’s civic hospitals, said municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar while presenting the 2012-13 budget for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday. Of these, 807 beds will be added in the coming fiscal.

The budget allocation for health went up by 7.45% from Rs2,183.10 crore in 2011-12 to Rs2,363.18 crore in 2012-13.

A new trauma hospital at Jogeshwari with a capacity of 266 beds will start this year. Also, due to moving of departments to different locations, the civic body will be able to add 150 and 200 beds at Nair and Sion hospital respectively. Two new projects will be launched in the eastern suburbs with a bed capacity of 270.

“We will be developing Nair hospital as a cancer care specialty and Sion hospital as a centre of excellence for trauma. For the first time, there will be 20 beds for chemotherapy in the day care unit at Nair,” said additional commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar. Also mammography facilities will be provided at KEM, Nair and Cooper hospitals.

“We had conducted a gap analysis study last year and based on that information the budget has made special provisions for non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancer care,” said Mhaiskar.

The clinics will create awareness for breast cancer diagnosis and provide oral medication for diabetes patients, even those who are on lifelong treatment.

The BMC also plans to provide 51 beds for dialysis, which will create 3,825 dialysis slots per month. “Currently, we have 1,800 slots,” said Mhaiskar.

Taking into account the role of health posts and clinics during the malaria eradication drive, the BMC plans to modernise the existing dispensaries and add 27 more.

Last year the BMC had announced linkages of major hospitals with peripheral hospitals. “Three major hospitals have completed the linkages with 16 peripheral hospitals leading to an additional 110 surgeries per month,” Mhaiskar said.