More than 765 heart surgeries have been pending at KEM hospital since January because of the alleged delay in procuring more heart-lung machines for the civic-run hospital.
Data on the pending heart surgeries was presented to the civic standing committee by the civic administration at a meeting recently.
“Of the backlog of 765 surgeries, 288 cases are serious as children in these cases weigh under 10kg. These will be taken up on priority and surgeries will be completed in the next two months,” said Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner.
Civic standing committee members have also demanded that the children be treated in private hospitals such as SevenHills, Kokilaben and Fortis to reduce the backlog.
"The administration must clear the backlog within a month and, if required, send the patients to private hospitals which have such facilities and bear the cost of the surgeries,” said Rahul Shewale, civic standing committee chairman.
Shewale also added that the delays caused in the process of floating and finalising tenders to procure machines should be eliminated by the central purchase department of the BMC.
Standing committee member and Samajwadi corporator, Rais Shaikh, also demanded a detailed report from the administration of all other pending surgeries at civic hospitals with the type of surgery, number and the available machinery at the hospitals.
Corporators also slammed the civic body for the delay in procuring adequate machines for its hospitals.
Corporator Dilip Patel said, “Despite a provision of Rs2,500 crore for health in the budget, why is it underutilised and the machines not procured?”