Pune: NGOs demand better public health management in PMC

Civil society groups working in the field of public healthcare in Pune have written to local government authority demanding that medicines and rabies vaccination be made available in all hospitals run by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and to draw a plan to effectively deal with monsoon related diseases

Pune: NGOs demands better public health management in PMC

The organisations which work in the field of public healthcare and social issues, namely, Jan Aarogya Manch, Janawadi Mahila Sanghatana, Akhil Bharatiya Naujawan Sabha, and Centre of Indian Trade Union have collectively put forth their grievances by writing a letter to the mayor of Pune.

While the incidence of diseases like diabetes, thyroid and hypertension is increasing across India, the letter urges that local body should make medicines which treat these conditions, available at public health facilities. The social organisations have also demanded that generic medicines should be available at all municipal hospitals.

The letter mentions that, ‘At times, the rabies vaccine is not available in municipal hospitals. India reports about 18,000 to 20,000 cases of rabies a year and about 36% of the world’s deaths from the disease. We demand that rabies vaccination should be made available at all dispensaries and municipal hospitals.’

While monsoon brings along a share of seasonal diseases, the organisations demand that the local body should prepare a preventive plan for the same. They have demanded clean drinking water and better waste management.

Dr Anup Laddha, Secretary of Jan Aarogya Manch, said, “We have demanded that medicines and rabies vaccination, be made available in all municipal hospitals. We have also demanded for better management ahead of monsoon this year. We hope our demands will be heard.”