3 new civic hospitals to be fully functional by March: NMMC
CBD BELAPUR: The three civic hospitals, that have been ready since 2014 but have not been commissioned yet, may finally see the light of day this year.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Commission (NMMC) has said the hospitals at Airoli, Nerul and CBD Belapur will be fully-functional by the first week of March.
The NMMC had decided to build the three hospitals owing to pressure on the first referral unit at Vashi.
While the out-patient departments (OPD) of the hospitals were inaugurated prior to assembly elections by former minister Ganesh Naik in 2014, the hospitals are yet to be fully functional.
The opposition had said the inauguration of the OPDs when the hospitals were not ready was a move to garner political mileage. However, the Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP), which rules the NMMC, had said the hospital would be functional soon.
The ruling party had given several dates but the hospitals have not been fully-functional yet. The process was delayed further when the tender for medical gas pipeline was cancelled in June last year.
“We are doing everything possible to make the three new hospitals fully functional at the earliest,” said Dr Deepak Paropkari, NMMC medical officer of health.
“Since the Turbhe mother and child hospital ( MCH) has shut down, we have shifted its equipment and manpower to the new hospitals in Airoli and Nerul. MCH services are now being provided there. Both OPD and indoor facilities have been initiated,” said Paropkari.
“We have finalised on the technical issues. The doctors’ list is ready and the equipment have been finalised. Orders have been given for laundry, linen, diet and sonography,” he said.
According to Paropkari, proposals for office and hospital furniture will be placed before the standing committee after the by-election in Nerul.
“We plan to place all orders by January end. Once the orders are placed it could take around two weeks for delivery,” he said. “We want to start the hospitals as soon as possible.”