BMC budget: ₹90 crore allotted to fight Tuberculosis
The BMC proposed Rs3,311 crore as its health budget for the financial year 2017-2018cities Updated: Mar 30, 2017 00:04 IST
The municipal corporation reduced its proposed health budget by 10% compared to last year. However, Tuberculosis, a major public health concern, got special attention in the budgetary allocations.
On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) proposed Rs3,311 crore as its health budget for the financial year 2017-2018, of which Rs90.61 crore has been allocated for the TB control programme.
“X-rays and culture drug susceptibility testing (DST) services will be provided through municipal dispensaries,” said Ajoy Mehta, BMC commissioner. “We have proposed that the culture DST testing labs at Sewri Hospital and KEM Hospital, Parel, be upgraded,” he added.
Additionally, the BMC has set aside Rs21.50 crore to commission nine new modular operation theatres (OT) in the coming year. “The new OTs will facilitate an infection-free environment,” Mehta said. Rs30 crore has been allotted to install 400 new ventilators at major and peripheral hospitals in the next two years, he added.
However, health activists said the budget does not see health care as a priority and Dr Abhay Shulka from the Jan Swasthiya Abhiyan said the budget did not show significant change compared to last year.
“Until the BMC invests in infrastructure, especially at primary health centres, the city’s tertiary care hospitals will remain overburdened. The budget has no scope to expand public health services, which means that most people will be directed to private hospitals,” he said.
However, a civic official called it a ‘realistic budget’. “There isn’t much of a difference in the revised estimates of last year’s and this year’s proposed health budget,” he said.