State’s 2nd infectious disease hospital in Pune
Maharashtra will soon have its second infectious disease hospital at Aundh in Pune.mumbai Updated: Nov 18, 2009 02:15 IST
Maharashtra will soon have its second infectious disease hospital at Aundh in Pune. With the second wave of swine flu expected this winter, the state government is putting final touches to a proposal for starting a 200-bed hospital in Pune on the lines of Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital, which is currently the state’s sole centre for treatment of infectious diseases.
“We are finalising the plan. We still have to get cabinet approval,” said state health secretary Sharvaree Gokhale.
Director General of Health Services Dr DS Dakure said a building, which used to house the Employee State Insurance Scheme (ESIS) Hospital till it relocated, has been obtained for the proposed hospital. “We hope to set up the hospital within a month or two so it can be used in case there is an upsurge in swine flu cases,” he said.
Gokhale said the number of deaths in Pune would have not been so high if the city had a specialised hospital like Kasturba.
Pune registered 107 swine flu deaths while Mumbai Metropolitan Region reported 30 deaths since May.
“Mumbai has Kasturba Hospital but there was no speciality centre for treatment of infectious diseases in the rest of the state. The new hospital will serve Pune and neighbouring districts,” said Health Minister Suresh Shetty.
The ESIS hospital building, which will be refurbished and converted into the proposed infectious disease hospital, is not far from Aundh General Hospital — one of the two main swine flu treatment centres in Pune.
State officials said the hospital will have isolation wards for treatment of patients with contagious diseases like swine flu, malaria, dengue and filariasis as well as an ICU.
The Aundh hospital is just one of the many measures the state health department is taking to gear up for a possible second wave of swine flu.
Shetty said they would also rope in more private hospitals and general practitioners. Doctors, who have treated swine flu patients in Mumbai and Pune, will conduct workshops to share their experiences with doctors working at district hospitals.
Two new testing laboratories on the lines of the National Institute of Virology and Haffkine Institute are also in the pipeline but the locations have not been finalised yet.