Mumbai’s civic budget shows care for municipal hospital’s health
Rs3,636 crore have been allocated for improvement of infrastructure and facilities at municipal hospitalsmumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2018 00:07 IST
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s health budget focuses on improvement of municipal hospitals’ infrastructure with allocation of Rs3,636 crore to city’s health services. Also, the reason behind the decision to improve facilities at periphery hospitals’ is reducing the rush at major hospitals, also called tertiary care centres.
Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Friday said Rs61 crore have been set aside for buying more medical equipment and hiring more staff at 10 periphery hospitals. At the same time, 25 municipal dispensaries will be upgraded at a cost of Rs1 crore to provide first-level medical aid to Mumbaiites.
The civic chief added that the administrative process for filling 582 newly-created and vacant posts of nurses and 274 posts of medical officers will be filled this year to improve patient capacity at periphery hospitals. Idzes Kundan, additional municipal commissioner (health), said the BMC is trying to create a decentralised system where emergency medical care can be made available across the city.
“We have procured about 230 ventilator beds which are going to be distributed among 25 periphery and major hospitals so that we increase hospitals’ capacity to handle emergencies. While creating new services, we are making sure no two similar services come up in hospitals which are close by so that they are evenly distributed across the city,” said Kundan.
Medical colleges attached to three tertiary hospitals, which treat more than 50 lakh patients annually, will also get more funds. “Sion Hospital alone, with Rs1,000 crore, is set to be upgraded to a swanky 1,800- bedded tertiary care facility, with work set to start from July, 2018. Redevelopment plans of Nair Hospital, at the cost of Rs340 crore, will also witness upgradation of its emergency medical services,” Mehta said.
FOR SPECIAL CHILDREN
Another announcement welcomed by health activists was that of an early intervention center for special children at Nagpada. With a budgetary allotment of Rs1 crore, the center will treat children screened under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram — a program that focuses on early detection and management of a set of 30 health conditions prevalent in children.