- Dr Avinash Supe, Dean of civic-run KEM hospital and Director of all major hospitals had submitted the proposal to the health department.
- The BMC’s Health Committee has accepted the proposal, and now its standing committee has given the approval.
Dr Ajay Rane, deputy-dean of KEM Hospital, said, “Special ward will be erected for elderly citizens at KEM, Nair and Sion Hospital. And a dedicated staff will be provided for the special ward to take care of the elderly patients. An OPD, a pathology lab, and a physiotherapy unit will be dedicated and set-up.”
Many times the elderly patients end up sending a huge amount on their treatment, even as, they live on pension. Keeping this in mind, Dr Avinash Supe had mooted this proposal.
Sailesh Mishra, a social activist and founder of Silver Innings NGO, said, “It is a welcome step. Health is a major concern for senior citizens. In certain instances, they don’t have the money for treatment. They have to spend a lot of money when it comes to their health problems. This move is promising but this needs to be implemented as early as possible. The BMC should make it clear, in regards to which healthcare services are free of cost for the elderly.”
Dr Rekha Bhatkhande, former dean of Shushrusha Hospital and founder of Dilasa NGO, said, “It is a very good step taken by the BMC. But, free treatment must be accompanied with proper care also. In the civic-run hospitals, they will have a separate ward with a capacity of 10 beds. If all these things are done carefully, with proper consideration, then decision will prove to be successful.”