The management of the Bomanji Dinshaw Petit Parsee General Hospital (PGH), which provides subsidised treatment to Parsi-Zoroastrians, will soon open a new facility next to it.
The new 200-bed multi-disciplinary hospital in Kemps Corner will be open to general public, while providing subsidised diagnostic facilities to Parsi patients at the campus of PGH itself.
A senior community member said that the new facility is planned as a profitable venture and will help the community at the same time. “The PGH is running at a loss of Rs10 crore a year, and is struggling for donations to keep it going,” he said.
According to a press statement by the PGH management, posted on the website of community magazine Parsiana, the rising cost of medical services and rapid development in technology have put a heavy strain on PGH’s finances.
When contacted, a senior trustee of the PGH refused to make any comments beyond the press statement. The century-old 222-bed PGH hospital exclusively serves the community, making exceptions only for the family of the staff.
A community member involved with the new venture, but spoke on the condition of anonymity, said necessary applications had been applied for, construction was expected to begin by 2015 end and the hospital is expected to become operational in three years. “It will have facilities for MRI and Cat-scan, and units for oncology and cardiac that is not at PGH,” he said.
The project is being funded by a grant of US$22.5 million (Rs135 crore) from Parsi donors, Jal and Pervin Shroff, of Hong Kong, said the press statement. Of this, US$2.5 million (Rs15.6 crore) is for the oncology department alone. The Dr Ardeshir Jehangirshaw Kohiyar Memorial Trust will act as representatives of the donors.
Dr Sanjay Borude, obesity surgeon at Jaslok and Breach Candy hospitals, said these are currently only two hospitals serving the area. “If the new facility is open for all, it’s a welcome move. There is certainly a need for more facilities,” he said.