On Children’s Day, Mumbai got its largest Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Surya Hospital, Malad. The hospital, which earlier had 40 NICU beds, upgraded its bed strength to 105 beds.
“India witnesses more neonatal deaths than any other country. Around 8 lakh newborn babies succumb to death every year in India. Maharashtra is in the second position in percentages of infant deaths during neonatal period. 2/3rd of these deaths in the state are from Mumbai,” said Dr BS Avasthi, founder and managing director of Surya Hospital.
The NICU was inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Dr Deepak Sawant, state health minister was also present at the event.
Avasti said that despite decrease in neonatal mortality rate, the number of NICU is insufficient in our country. “In most healthcare facilities in India there is a lack of Level I and II neonatal care; Level III neonatal care units are also need of the hour. There is an urgent need for basic neonatal care is required at major hospitals in the city,” said Avasti.
During the inauguration, Fadnavis said this is the best ‘Children’s day’ gift to Mumbai. “It is a very difficult time for parents as well as the staff who has to monitor every single movement of the child when in NICU. There are many who die due to lack of facilities and hence it is essential to have physical and geographical expansion of NICU beds across the state,” Fadnavis said.
The Chief Minister also felicitated three children who were born premature & have recovered under the care of Surya hospital, leading a normal life. “These superheroes are a positive ray of hope for many similar parents,” added Fadnavis.