BMC plans to prioritise health-care sector in 2019 budget

According to health department officials, projects like Aapli Chikitsa, Biomedical Equipment Management System (BEMS) and 800 additional tertiary care beds will be given priority this year

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Soon, civic-run periphery and tertiary care hospitals will be able to compete with elite private hospitals on medical equipment, services, and technology as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to make the health-care sector a priority in this year’s budget. 

It is said that the civic body will allocate a major part of its upcoming budget for technological advancements, services, and human resources. According to health department officials, projects like Aapli Chikitsa, Biomedical Equipment Management System (BEMS) and 800 additional tertiary care beds will be given priority this year. 

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Idzes Kundan, Additional Municipal Commissioner (health), BMC, confirmed that the BMC has prepared a list of 36 necessary medical equipment that will be provided to 186 dispensaries to ensure basic treatment at primary level.

Kundan further added that they have appointed an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital (Parel), Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (LTMG) Hospital (Sion) and BYL Nair Hospital (Mumbai Central) and Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital (Juhu) to ensure underprivileged patients receive benefits at charitable hospitals.

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