Pune’s primary healthcare centre in shambles 

Pune Municipal Corporation’s proposed primary healthcare centre in Baner is nowhere near completion.

pune Updated: Feb 19, 2018 17:01 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
The primary healthcare centre building at Baner in one year behind deadline of completion for shortage of funds.(HT PHOTO)

If one visits the site of the proposed primary healthcare centre in Baner, all they will be able to see is a white washed and incomplete building standing in an area surrounded by garbage and parked cars. The proposed healthcare centre by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which has been on the cards for the past several years, has now become a haven for stray dogs and the site for the same has become the spare parking space for the residents of buildings nearby. Though many corporators had promised the residents of the healthcare centre for several years now, it still remains neglected by the PMC.

In 2010, under corporator Baburao Chandere, an amenity space for a medical centre was proposed in Baner. It was to be on the lines of the Aundh Kuti Rugnalaya, a full-fledged out patient department (OPD) run by PMC. The proposed site was surveyed and Survey No 164 in Baner gaon was identified and work began in 2016.

“The said area is spread over 12,000 sq ft and the building is almost ready except for the final painting and panelling work. This area was identified for a primary healthcare unit with an OPD and an eight-bed hospital for immediate aid to the residents,” said Bhavan department, deputy engineer Mandar Dhaigude.

Dhaigude said that the primary healthcare centre will be ready for use within two months and will be handed over to the health department.

The residents of Baner have to often travel to Aundh for even the smallest of ailments. Similarly, the demand for a primary healthcentre has been on the cards for a long time. The local residents of Baner gaon and Balewadi gaon have been finding it difficult to get medical treatment as there are no good hospitals in the vicinity.

Speaking to local residents, Prakash Tapkir said, “We have been demanding a primary healthcentre for quite some time now. Baner is undergoing a lot of changes and private clinics are very expensive.”

The Baner-Balewadi Medicos Association, a registered trust with 200 doctors, had also approached the corporators during the election with the idea of allowing the trust to run a primary healthcare centre. “There is not a single PMC-run primary health care unit in Baner and Balewadi and such a unit should begin as early as possible. The population in the area is increasing and such a centre, charging nominal costs, will help the residents tremendously,” said Dr Rajesh Deshpande, chairman of the association.

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First Published: Feb 19, 2018 17:00 IST