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BMC budget focuses on healthcare infrastructure to improve patient care

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In a bid to provide quality, accessible, and affordable healthcare facilities to people at large, the Mumbai civic body on Monday earmarked Rs 4,151 crore for health in its Rs 30,692-crore budget for 2019 -20.

The allocated fund will be spent to upgrade healthcare infrastructure to enhance patient care.

The budget has allocated Rs 16.38 crore for ‘aapli chikitsa’ diagnostic service, facility through which patients can avail of 101 basic and 38 advanced tests. They can avail these services at maternity and peripheral dispensaries. ‘Aapli chikitsa’, which will be available to general public soon, will cut down the crowd at major hospitals by 30-35%.

 “Our analysis shows that 1,000 patients on an average are referred from maternity homes to tertiary hospitals every day. From peripheral hospitals, the daily referrals are sometimes as high as 17,000. From every single dispensary, there are a minimum of 10 referrals every day,” Municipal commissioner IA Kundan was quoted by ET as saying.

“The patients will get their reports on SMS and emails,” she further said.

Other major projects where the funds will be spent include expansion of K B Bhabha Hospital-Bandra (Rs 10 crore), redevelopment of Bhagwati Hospital (Rs 40 crore) and construction of medical college building in Cooper Hospital (Rs 35 crore).

In addition, an amount of Rs 115 crore has been allocated for upgradation of MT Agarwal Hospital in Mulund, Shatabdi Hospital in Govandi and Bhagwati Hospital.

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