In order to decongest major civic hospitals and to make the primary health system of the city more effective, the civic body plans to conduct training sessions for the doctors working in civic dispensaries.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has 163 dispensaries and in every dispensary there is a doctor, pharmacists and dressers. Currently, these dispensaries function like a monsoon disease control system, but their role should be much wider.
Additional municipal commissioner, Manisha Mhaiskar said the training will be conducted by expert doctors from the three major civic hospitals- Nair, Sion and KEM — over a period of three days.
These training sessions will help these doctors brush up on their theory. The sessions will be aimed at specialising in skin ailments, basic pediatric care, lifestyle diseases, early detection of surgical issues, psychiatry and gynecology.
“According to the dean of a major hospital, 40% of the patients coming to the Out Patient Department in these hospitals will reduce if dispensaries are strengthened,” said Mhaiskar.
The BMC is also looking at improving the infrastructure of these dispensaries by revamping and repairing these dispensaries with modern and up-to-date equipment. “We will begin repairs on these structures and will make necessary provisions in next year’s budget,” said Mhaiskar.
The BMC divided the structures in to four categories depending on the state of the building and the extent of repairs it will need.