Highlights of BMC’s health budget

On Friday, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) presented its budget for the financial year 2018-19

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Mumbai municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the 2018-2019 health budget of the country’s richest civic body:

  • BMC to review factory permit charges, licence fees, charges for medical treatment in BMC hospital in order to increase its revenue collection.
  • The BMC will provide a nutritious supplementary meal along with midday meal which will include a protein rich dry snack from this year.
  • Generic medicines and to start affordable treatment in hospitals, related equipment’s will be made available at all the dispensaries. For this, there is a provision of 61 crores.
  • Renovation of 25 dispensaries in the year 2018-2019.
  • Mumbai’s TB hospital to get a 10 bedded intensive respiratory care unit.
  • State-of-art facilities in hospital to make available the basic treatment for poor.
  • The dispensaries will be well-equipped with the devices to tackle infections, diabetes and High BP.
  • Sion Hospital and LTMG Medical College. Rs 1000 crores multi-phase redevelopment plan of Sion Hospital to turn it into an 1800 bedded tertiary care facility.
  • Rs 340 crores re-development plan of Nair Hospital likely to start in 2018.
  • Two storey tower to be constructed in KEM Hospital for various services and education purpose.
  • To increase the capacity of ICU -ventilator beds, Procurement of 230 ventilators worth of 16 cr is in final stage. it will be available in all major and peripheral hospitals from this year.
  • Hindu Hruday Samrat  Balasaheb Thackarey Medical College hostel to be constructed.
  • Hostel at leprosy Hospital Wadala, SION Koliwada and Haji Ali for KEM, Sion and Nair Hospital students
  • Rs 10 crore allotted to medical and dental colleges for collaborations with foreign universities, and to start faculty and student exchange programmes, to strengthen telemedicine centres, create digital classrooms and libraries.
  • An early intervention centre to be set up for special children at Nagpada, to treat congenital defects and development delays.
  • To upgrade disaster management, disaster response and communication, the disaster unit gets Rs 11.69 crores
  • 96 firewomen to be newly inducted  and fire safety complience cell may be formed.
  • Cycling tracks will be made along Tansa water main line, which will connect 19 railway, 7 metro, 2 monorail stations, and have 40 exits at different locations. INR 100 crores have been allotted for the same under ‘Green Wheels along Blue line’.
  • Rs 13.50 crores allotted towards TB eradication program. It will be used for nutrition supplements, prevention kits and infrastructure.