Kamala Nehru Hospital ICU still a 'non-starter', Sassoon to lend a hand

Pune Municipal Corporation’s Kamala Nehru Hospital is far from being a picture of good health. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the medical institute has been in limbo for over two years now, as permission from central government is still pending. Civic officials say almost all the work has been completed and they are waiting for go-ahead. Now, PMC has planned to operate the ICU with the help of experts from Sassoon General Hospital at the primary stages, so patients get competent treatment.

Still waiting: Patients requiring intensive care at Kamala Nehru Hospital have to knock on the doors of other institutes. File Pic

Two years ago, the corporation spent Rs 52 crore to renovate Kamala Nehru Hospital -- situated in Mangalwar Peth --, which included the facility of an ICU. But even now, patients requiring intensive care have to knock on the doors of other institutes. “We are still waiting for sanction from Chief Controller of Explosives (CCE), an authority with the central government. As an ICU requires Central Oxygen System (COS), permission from CCE is mandatory. We sent the application a few months ago, but have not received consent so far,” informed S T Pardeshi, Medical Officer of Health (MOH), PMC.¬†Initially, PMC intended to start off the ICU in June. “But due to lack of CCE’s permission, the plan didn’t materialise. We are totally helpless about this,” Pardeshi added.

The ICU will have 10 beds, and will be the only one at a civic-run hospital in the city. PMC has approached Sassoon hospital for expert help. “We have asked the state-run tertiary hospital for assistance. The experts will help us in technical aspects of setting up the ICU ward,” revealed Pardeshi.

While confirming the fact, Dr D B Kadam, head of medicine department and press committee of Sassoon General Hospital, said, “We have discussed the matter in meetings and are waiting for their reply. Since they have asked, we will be providing them expert and technical help. Our doctor will be there till physicians from the hospital get trained properly. The size of team has not decided yet; that will be decided after the ICU becomes functional.”

Rs 52 cr
Amount spent to renovate Kamala Nehru Hospital two years ago, including on the facility of an ICU

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