Civic hos­pi­tal stocks up for rains

TO TIDE OVER Of­fi­cials say they have enough beds, medicines for mon­soon ill­nesses

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - San­jana Bhalerao san­jana.bhalerao1@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: If of­fi­cials from the civic hos­pi­tal are to be be­lieved, they are fully pre­pared for the up­com­ing mon­soon with spe­cial wards and the req­ui­site stock of medicine in place.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) hos­pi­tal will have spe­cial disas­ter ward with 30 beds to treat peo­ple af­fected by wa­ter-borne dis­eases, of­fi­cials said.

The hos­pi­tal staff has been in­structed to step up work on mon­soon prepa­ra­tions. “We have in­formed our staff that they can­not go on leave dur­ing the mon­soon pe­riod un­less there is an emer­gency. Ev­ery­one has been asked to up­date their con­tact de­tails and ad­dresses,” said Prashant Jawade, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent, NMMC hos­pi­tal.

Ev­ery mon­soon, the civic hos­pi­tal gets at least 3- 4 cases of snakebite ev­ery day, which of­ten have to be di­rected to hos­pi­tals in Mum­bai af­ter first aid has been ad­min­is­tered. This hap­pens mainly be­cause of a short­age of medicines to treat snakebite.

This year, how­ever, of­fi­cials say they have am­ple medicines to deal with snakebite cases. “The stock will last three months and there will be no need to trans­fer pa­tients to Mum­bai,” said Jawade.

Other com­mon cases in­clude ca­su­al­ties from tree and wall col­lapses, pa­tients with wa­ter-borne dis­eases such as di­ar­rhea and malaria. Health of­fi­cials said they have the in­fra­struc­ture to tackle th­ese as well.

To tackle any un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, of­fi­cials at the hos- pital are mak­ing sure their emer­gency equip­ment has been ex­am­ined and ser­viced. In ad­di­tion to this, the bat­ter­ies, tyres, lights and brakes on am­bu­lance are also be­ing checked.

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