Govt and civic-run hospitals facing severe staff crunch, states Praja Foundation

Praja foundation releases report on state of Mumbai’s health system.  The survey was conducted by Hansa research for Praja foundation.  The survey was conducted across 20,078 households in the city

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Here are the findings of the survey:

  • Average annual spending by Mumbaikars on medical expenses is 9.1 per cent of their household income.
  • Therefore it figures an estimated annual spent 24,766 crore on hospital/medical cost by the overall household in Mumbai.
  • 26 civic-run hospitals in the city are facing staff shortage at around 39 per cent less than the sanctioned strength.
  • In 5 state-run hospitals, there is a staff shortage at around 59 per cent less than the sanctioned strength.
  • TB cases have gone up by 33 per cent from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
  • Dengue cases have gone up by 98 per cent from 7,261 to 14,345.
  • Tuberculosis hotspots in Mumbai – L ward (Kurla – 792 cases), H/E ward (Santacruz – 614 cases) and S ward (Bhandup cases – 496 cases) are the worst affected wards in 2017-18.

While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Praja Foundation Director, Milind Mhaske said, “In order to tackle the spread of communicable disease, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has not done enough efforts. The policies implemented by the corporation are not sufficient to curb the spread of communicable disease.”

Milind Mhaske, director, Praja Foundation, said, “Mumbai’s health system is collapsing repeatedly and the administration not aware about the core issues.”

While Nitai Mehta, Founder and managing trustee of Praja Foundation said, “The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is the richest municipal corporation in India. Still, the health department is not at all serious about the citizen’s health.”