3 new civic hos­pi­tals to be fully func­tional by March: NMMC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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